The Ocean's Child
South Africa 2022
Directed: Jemma Purdon, Taryn Basel
Screenplay: Taryn Basel
Production: The Animation School College
The magical, shape-shifting Ocean Child bursts out of the sea to meet two amazed schoolchildren. When the sound of a school bell summons away Ocean Child’s new friends, they curiously follow. In this small fishing village is a gloomy classroom, where the slicing of scissors and the looming shadow of the teacher cause the children to cower in fear. Ocean Child is thrust into a confusing new world where children are divided on whether a bow or a tie is pinned to their shirt. Can Ocean Child keep their playful, free spirit alive?