Film & TV Lunch Club: September 2020 - Maritime

🌊 The titles to watch for discussion of this month’s theme of ‘MARITIME’ are listed below in the September Selection 🌊

The virtual meet up will be on Tuesday 29th September. If you would like to join in, please email me via the Contact form or get in touch via Instagram. If not, feel free to just use this for watchlist inspiration - there is certainly a lot of choice!

🎞September Selection🎞

1. Adrift (2018; Dir: Baltasar Kormákur) -  F Rated

Action/Adventure/True Story:  A true story of survival, as a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. Available on Prime and Netflix. 

2. Red Dot on the Ocean (2014; Dir: Amy Flannery) - F Rated

Documentary:  Red Dot on the Ocean is the story of Matt Rutherford, a severely troubled youth, who became a sailing legend. Available on Prime. 

3. Muppet Treasure Island (1996; Dir: Brian Henson)

Action/Adventure/Comedy: The Muppets' twist on the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Available on Disney Plus. 

🎬 The Long List: Optional Extras 🎬

Other notable films/TV shows suggested for the theme:

  • A Perfect Storm - An unusually intense storm pattern catches some commercial fishermen unaware and puts them in mortal danger.

  • Jaws - When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

  • The Shallows - A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.

  • An Officer and a Gentleman - A young man must complete his work at a Navy Officer Candidate School to become an aviator, with the help of a tough Gunnery Sergeant and his new girlfriend.

  • Castaway – Middle-aged Gerald Kingsland advertises in a London paper for a female companion to spend a year with him on a desert island.

  • Moana - In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

  • Deepwater Horizon - A dramatization of the disaster in April 2010, when the offshore drilling rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded, resulting in the worst oil spill in American history.

  • Das Boot - The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

  • Deep Blue Sea - Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.

  • Life of Pi - A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

  • Dunkirk - Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. 

  • Blow the Man Down – Mary Beth and Priscilla Connolly attempt to cover up a gruesome run-in with a dangerous man. To conceal their crime, the sisters must go deep into the criminal underbelly of their hometown, uncovering the town's darkest secrets.

  • In the Heart of the Sea - A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick.

  • Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, Oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.

  • Moby Dick - The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick. (1956)

  • Lifeboat- Several survivors of a torpedoed merchant ship in World War II find themselves in the same lifeboat with one of the U-boat men who sunk it.

  • Captain Phillips - The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

  • The Lighthouse - Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity whilst living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

  • Master and Commander - The Lighthouse - Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity whilst living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. 

  • The Shipping News - The Lighthouse - Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity whilst living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. 

  • The Legend of 1900 - A baby boy, discovered in 1900 on an ocean liner, grows into a musical prodigy, never setting foot on land.

  • Billy Budd - Billy Budd is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried.

  • The Fog - An unearthly fog rolls into a small coastal town exactly 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters.

  • Mutiny on the Bounty - In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian.

  • Crimson Tide - On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer stages a mutiny to prevent his trigger-happy Captain from launching his missiles before confirming his orders to do so.

  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire - A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.

  • Solo After falling by a cliff on a desert beach, a seriously injured surfer starts a lonely fight to survive against the merciless nature.

🔜 Next Month 🔜

The theme for October will be FOOD (to mark World Food Day on 16 October) so please bring your suggestions to the table for that on the 29th September (or via email/on Instagram if you can’t make it) - I'm interpreting this as films about or featuring food, glorious food! Or it might be that the film (or TV show/documentary) features an iconic food scene.  

Any questions, let me know and feel free to share this link with anyone who might be interested in coming along.