“The Sea in Me” – A Journey into the Ocean Through Film and Art

“The Sea in Me” is a film event presented as part of the Barwon Heads “Festival of the Sea 2017” at which two eminent filmmakers and producers will present some of their works for our local Festival audiences and discuss their personal journey and connections with the sea around us.


  • JAN HENDRIK BRUEGGEMEIER – “Nature in the Dark”

TIME: From 7:30 – 9:30pm, WEDNESDAY March 15th 2017
VENUE: Barwon Heads Community Hall, Hitchcock Avenue, Barwon Heads
ENTRY:  Free (but a gold coin donation will help to offset some of our Festival costs 🙂 )

Supper afterwards for those that want to stay and meet the artists and chat further sponsored by Barwon Heads Pharmacy


Mick Sowry:  Writer and Director of Musica Surfica and The Reef  Mick walked away from many years in advertising as an art director and writer when a continuing desire to express in the arts as opposed to the commercial arts pushed him towards a career shift in the mid 2000’s. As a surfer for more than 46 years, that aqueous world was one he wanted to communicate as it is, for him, a place of challenge, peace and deep beauty.

Beginning a collaborative relationship with violinist and composer Richard Tognetti, cinematographer Jon Frank and the Australian Chamber Orchestra with the documentary Musica Surfica in 2007, his life has changed radically and, spiritually at least, for the better. The rewards of creating something that impacts in an uplifting, positive and long lasting way, something that inspires to preserve, is what keeps driving him on.

The invitation to write and direct The Reef in 2012 was followed by nearly three years conceiving and co-founding Great Ocean Quarterly, a journal of art, ideas and the sea, or in his words, a journal of the sea affected life. In parallel he worked on re-imagining The Reef, in anticipation of a what was to become successful tour of the US in February 2016. He anticipates further tours of The Reef, beginning with a performance at the Barbican in London in March 2017.

He also continues his work around, and in the sea – at every opportunity – from his home four minutes from his beloved Bells Beach, on the Great Ocean coast of Victoria.

Jan Hendrik Brueggemeier: A freelance artist and media producer and main chronicler of the project.

Jans’ artistic interests lay in sound art and spaces for communication in the city. He holds an MFA in Media Arts & Design from the Bauhaus University Weimar, where he graduated from the chair for Experimental Radio. He relocated from London, where he worked for the AA School of Architecture, to Melbourne to take on his Creative PhD at the Centre for Creative Arts at La Trobe.

Besides his artistic practice in sound and media art, he always has been actively involved in the shaping and running of media networks and the curating of art festivals and exhibitions. His work has been shown internationally. Jan currently teaches communication at RMIT University and lives near Winchelsea.