• Director

    Liz Garbus

  • Producers

    Liz Garbus, Dan Cogan, Mridu Chandra, Evan Hayes

  • USA 2021. 93min

  • UK Distribution


  • Language

    English, French

    With English subtitles

This film’s BFI Player premiere is scheduled for the time listed above. You have 24 hours to start watching and 4 hours to complete the film once you’ve started. Tickets can be booked until the end time listed above (subject to availability).

From tirelessly sailing the seas aboard his famous ship Calypso – capturing staggering images for the environmental cause – to inventing underwater breathing device the Aqua-Lung and winning the 1956 Palme d’Or with Louis Malle for their film The Silent World, few people can claim having led such an intrepid and rich life as Cousteau. Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?) crafts an all-encompassing and utterly engrossing portrait of the man, featuring a wealth of never-before-seen archive footage, remastered in 4K for startling clarity. What ultimately emerges is the story of someone who transformed ideas about our relationship with the sea and became an early campaigner for a safe and clean climate. Becoming Cousteau shows that this explorer’s story is more relevant now than ever.

Laure Bonville

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Access information

The BFI Player screening on Tuesday 12 October will be presented with an audio-description soundtrack for customers who are blind or partially-sighted, and will have closed captions for customers who are D/deaf or hard of hearing.

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