The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari Trailer: Leonardo DiCaprio EP’s Doc

The Oscar-nominated filmmaker revisits the deadly volcanic eruption in New Zealand in 2019 in this documentary, executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rory Kennedy turns the camera to December 2019’s devastating volcanic eruption off the coast of New Zealand for the latest Netflix documentary, The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari.

Kennedy is directing and producing the film, which was screened at AFI and DOC NYC ahead of the three-year anniversary of the tragic natural disaster that claimed 22 lives. Kennedy follows the development of the eruption minute by minute. The official synopsis reads: During a routine sightseeing day trip to a remote volcanic island, 47 tourists and guides became trapped at the epicenter of a boiling pyroclastic wave of toxic dust and ash. Both terrifying and inspirational, the film uses first-hand accounts to convey the experience of living through such a deadly outbreak.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Ron Howard serve as executive producers, along with Brian Grazer, Jennifer Davisson and Phillip Watson. Mark Bailey, Dallas Brennan Rexer, Sara Bernstein and Justin Wilkes are also producing.

Cinematographers Dominic Fryer, Mike Jonathan, Mark Lapwood and Murray Milne served as cinematographers for the documentary, which features the survivors of the 2019 Whakaari eruption. Jawad Metni edited the documentary for nine months.

“From the beginning, ‘The Volcano’ seemed to me primarily as an event: a shattering, deadly event, an eruption that took place at a specific time on a specific day and set a specific narrative in motion,” director Kennedy told Filmmaker Magazine . “So my impulse from the beginning was to try to portray this event with the belief that the characters involved would emerge and be defined by their relationship to it, their choices and actions in the face of this outbreak. Similarly, my hope was that whatever meaning one might derive from that day would also result from processing what happened and spending time with those involved.”

Kennedy added, “With the proliferation of cell phones and video cameras, and the fact that this was actually a tourist activity, I felt there had to be footage that would allow me to stay low to the ground minute after minute. and that by structuring the film in this way, the sum of those minutes would add up to something greater.”

The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari premieres December 16 on Netflix.

Check out the trailer below.

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Lindsay Lowe

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