Essex-based filmmaker to embark on 3000-mile sailing expedition

PUBLISHED: 13:22 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:22 23 February 2018

(c) Clifton Beard, Flickr

(c) Clifton Beard, Flickr

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Eleanor Church is a documentary filmmaker based in Colchester and her mammoth voyage will take her through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in an attempt to learn more about the impact of plastic pollution on coastal communities

Beginning in Hawaii and ending in Vancouver, Eleanor Church will be part of a 14-strong all-woman crew aiming to find out more about how plastic pollution is harming marine life and communities based in the North Pacific Gyre.

Over three weeks in June and July this team of scientists, journalists, researchers, filmmakers and designers will conduct vital research in an area thought to be the most dense accumulation of ocean plastic in the world.

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Before the trip launches on June 23, Church has been seeking crowdfunding to create a one-minute film encouraging everyone to become ‘Everyday Superheroes’ in regards to their use of single-use plastics.

The crowdfunding campaign will also help finance her place on the 72ft vessel ‘Sea Dragon’ and allow her to create a feature-length documentary demonstrating the work undertaken during the expedition.

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Church has embarked on similar projects during her 15-year career in the industry and before, during and after the project she’ll be reporting back to local schools as they follow her progress and learn about plastic pollution.

To find out more about the expedition, visit the Exxpedition website here.

To help with her Kickstarter project click here.

Find out more about her company Lark Rise Pictures here.


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