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Blackfish Poster


Blackfish is the Inuit name for orca. Tilikum, the protagonist of this compelling and highly informative exposé, is a six-ton bull orca who made headlines in February 2010 when he dragged an experienced Orlando Sea World trainer to her death. Under considerable pressure to deal with the apparently vicious ‘killer whale’ Sea World instead attributed their dedicated employee’s death to ‘trainer error’. Filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite investigates the fallout from this contentious finding. She uncovers wilful ignorance of Tilikum’s violent past and delves into the self-serving mythologies constructed around their star attractions by the sea park industry. Ex-trainers speak with love and wonder about the whales they’ve tended and performed with.

1hr 23mins long
M Contains content may disturb

Samantha Berg
John Jett
John Hargrove
Jeffrey Ventre
Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Dean Gomersall