This week, cnn will present the premiere of blackfish, a documentary that traces the history of killer whales in captivity. Blackfish media ltd 1a wycherley drive, bucklands beach, auckland, new zealand telephone. But blackfish is no trumpedup horror story fueled by hollywood brand names and special effects. Gabriela cowperthwaite was a mom who took her twin sons to seaworld before the death of a killer whale trainer prompted her to make her 20 documentary blackfish. While no physical cds were produced, the score is available for download on. It concerns tilikum, an orca held by seaworld and the controversy over. Seaworlds old shamu believe show with trainers in the water. When the documentary blackfish premiered, it shook the entire world. In a video interview with peta, blackfish director gabriela cowperthwaite shares details of the film and why she chose to speak up for tilikum. Blackfish tells the story of tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Seaworld has issued a statement calling magnolia pictures killer whale documentary blackfish, which opens friday, inaccurate and misleading. Documentary which unravels the story of notorious performing whale tilikum. Blackfish in about 15 minutes short version youtube.
Seaworld witnessed a major decline in attendance during its most recent quarter, a lingering effect from the release of documentary blackfish, which has sparked public campaigns by animal. There is no way after seeing this movie that youll ever want to go to seaworld again, and for the sake of the. Seaworld is making a postblackfish comeback quartz. The orca had been the centre of the documentary, which criticised seaworld for its. Seaworld subpoenaed on blackfish comments in federal probe. Bbc four storyville, blackfish the whale that killed. The blackfish effect refers to the public outcry and financial struggles that seaworld faced after the 20 documentary blackfish, which investigated the parks treatment of orcas. In the same way super size me changed the way people looked at big macs, food, inc. The documentary blackfish is causing more major problems. The release of the documentary blackfish has made for a dark 12 months at seaworld the chain of marine lifethemed amusement parks has long faced protests from animal rights activists, who. This is well worth a watch and ive seen it several times. A california federal judge has preliminarily approved seaworld entertainment inc.
With tilikum, dave duffus, samantha berg, dean gomersall. A film about the notorious seaworld killer whale tilikum that. Blackfish exposes the dark truth behind the illusion that is seaworlds main attraction and the terrifying implications that human and animal interactions have when the show goes horribly wrong. The 20 documentary blackfish sparked public outcry over seaworlds treatment of orcas, also known as killer whales, and the theme park has.
This documentary is so utterly important for humans to watch and absorb. The 12 worst things to happen to seaworld since the. This documentary unveils the process of capturing orcas and the events leading up to the death of a trainer. It concerns tilikum, an orca held by seaworld and the. The 20 documentary blackfish sparked public outcry over seaworld s treatment of orcas, also known as killer whales, and the theme park has been suffering ever since. Seaworld is under federal investigation over blackfish. Seaworld is being investigated by two us federal agencies investigating disclosures and public statements by executives, including comments about the blackfish documentary, which led to a public. I try to encourage anyone that i can to watch blackfish because i think with something as significant as this film, seaworld could finally close for good. Director gabriela cowperthwaite uses shocking footage and emotional interviews to present a convincing case against keeping these wild animals for human entertainment.
Tilikum, the killer whale that inspired the film blackfish after killing his trainer at seaworld, has died. Blackfish is a chilling documentary that cant be always full explained but it is nothing short of amazing. Killer whales at seaworld are looked at and the truth about their conditions and abuse are shown in the new documentary, blackfish. Blackfish full movie documentary aquatic parks youtube. Blackfish, which was released in 20, led activists to claim seaworld was keeping the creatures in small tanks instead of pens at sea. Seaworld under federal investigation over impact of the. Seaworlds implication that the director of blackfish was biased before making the film is not consistent with her history. Seaworld has condemned the new documentary blackfish, calling the film about orcas in captivity inaccurate and misleading. Seaworld settles investors lawsuit over orca documentary.
When the documentary blackfish premiered, it shook the entire world, seaworld fans included. It was nominated for the bafta award for best documentary. For those who have never seen it, it divulged the dark history as well as all of the current issues with. Blackfish director responds to seaworld trainer interview by abc 10 news. Please, see if you are eligible to stream or download blackfish full movie by creating an account keyword. Seaworld denounced blackfish, a documentary that examines how the orlando marine parks giant orca came to kill his trainer in 2010, calling the film inaccurate and misleading. Im sure most people who work at seaworld absolutely love the whales, it is most likely at. Director gabriela cowperthwaite went inside seaworld to show how.
Seaworld attendance growth confirms blackfish effect is. The controversial film focuses on tilikum, a killer whale who has. During a show at seaworld in florida, tilikum, a sixtonne orca, fatally attacks dawn brancheau, a confirmed trainer, i. Since the release of the documentary blackfish, weve seen the true impact of the blackfish effect here are 12 of the worst things to happen to seaworld since the documentarys release. Tilikum, a 6ton orca who has killed two of his seaworld trainers, is the main subject of blackfish, a documentary that describes itself as a psychological thriller with a killer whale at its. One year after blackfish, seaworld goes on offensive by kpbs.
Blackfish is a documentary film, directed by gabriela cowperthwaite, that tells the story of tilikum. It concerns tilikum, an orca held by seaworld and the controversy over captive killer whales. Blackfish documentary director gabriela cowperthwaite takes on sea world in february of 2010, during a moment of postshow bonding, a killer whale at sea world in orlando suddenly grabbed his trainer by the ponytail, pulled her underwater, and shook her violently. This research focuses on the crisis that the documentary blackfish precipitated at seaworld. A psychological thriller about seaworlds resident killer. This movie guide accompanies the documentary blackfish which follows the story of tilikum, a captive orca that has made his way around several seaparks including seaworld. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of the notorious performing. The trainer, 40yearold dawn brancheau literally the poster girl for the theme park was pronounced dead on the scene. Blackfish is a 20 american documentary film directed by gabriela cowperthwaite. A chilling documentary about the history and treatment of orcas at seaworld in particular a male orca called tilikum, who is believed to be responsible for the deaths of three people blackfish made huge waves upon its release in 20. Netflix is streaming the hit documentary blackfish, which pieces together. Blackfish documentary director gabriela cowperthwaite vs.
Along the way, directorproducer gabriela cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creatures extraordinary nature, the species cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by. Blackfish tells the true story of tilikum, a notoriously aggressive orca that killed three people while in captivity at sea world. After a two yearlong struggle for damage control by seaworlds pr department, the theme park announced. Seaworld responds to questions about captive orcas. Seaworld stunned wall street with surprisingly strong attendance growth, sending the stock to the highest level since backlash to the documentary blackfish sank the themepark chain four years ago. Holly byrd, and is footage recorded at seaworld more than 10 years after ms. The study begins with a brief account of the growth and evolution of seaworld and the financial and reputational damage that followed blackfishs release in 20. In later tweets, seaworld is more engaged in the conversationand takes a different tone. This fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale tilikum, who has. It exposed seaworld for what it really is, a prison. Cowperthwaites last film as director had been a documentary about. Blackfish killer whales at seaworld documentary maker.
Even though it is a documentary, blackfish is still no doubt one of the top films of 20. Blackfish our 5 year old son cash reacts after watching cnn films documentary blackfish. Gabriela cowperthwaite had no history of animal activism, in her professional or personal life, before making blackfish. Seaworld entertainment may need a decade to recover from the image problem caused by the documentary blackfish, a top theme park consultant told the post on thursday. Seaworld refuses to take part in the documentary and dismisses it as inaccurate and misleading. A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales. The 20 documentary blackfish highlighted the life in captivity of tilikum, an orca that killed seaworld trainer dawn brancheau during an orlando show in 2010. A mesmerising psychological thriller with a killer whale at its centre, blackfish is the first film since grizzly man to show how nature can get revenge on man when. After living for 25 years in captivity at seaworld, tilikum, the orca whale chronicled in 20 documentary blackfish, has died, the park announced today.206 745 1158 358 878 1345 808 946 1371 346 1246 777 40 1460 821 1174 1070 1057 483 1095 1628 703 1476 1163 904 513 740 438 1364 1002 455 274 1149 1355 649 506 1032