Synopsis:(Black and white)
Camaret is a village on the coast of Brittany. Its life is centred on lobster fishing and boat building. But lobster fishing is a dying industry - every year the boat-yards are quieter; the catches become smaller and the voyages of the lobster boats longer and longer.
The 'Rubis' is one such vessel. Her men spend half their lives in search of lobsters; a search which takes them to the coast of Mauretania, twelve days and 3,000 kilometres from Camaret. There they cast their pots - and more and more often they come up empty - and 'it's the empty pots that are the heaviest'.
'The Empty Seas' shows the continued, and often unrewarded, toil of those men who set sail in the 'Rubis'.
Shotlist:Shots of life at sea, nets, dogs, men working, life on board, men on shore in pub, catching lobsters. .