Recommended by Steven Laffoley-Edwards – Deputy Director (Stage & Events)

  • France / 2017
  • Cert: PG
  • 2 hour 03 minutes
  • Director: Jerome Salle

‘The Odyssey’ is a French biographical drama following the life of biologist and adventurer Jacques Cousteau and his relationship with his son Philippe. It is in French with English subtitles – which would normally put me off watching, but on this occasion, I definitely made the effort.

Besides some stunning underwater scenes, this film gives an insight into what makes this man (and family) a legend in underwater conservation and knowledge.

Although the first SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) was designed by Leonardo da Vinci it took until Jacques Cousteau to perfect a balanced on-demand regulator in 1942 – and is still the standard used by modern divers.

Cousteau even visited Jersey, diving off Bouley Bay, with what is now Bouley Bay Dive Centre – one of the oldest dive centres in the world!

When this is all over and we can get out and do activities again, think about trying SCUBA diving. Once past the feeling that you are breathing underwater, the calmness and the magic of this strange yet essential part of our planet is accessible right on our doorstep –  and if it was worth Cousteau coming here for, then it is worth you taking a trip to the north coast.