Captain Paul Watson has dedicated his life to fighting for one thing; to end the slaughter of the ocean’s wildlife and the destruction of its ecosystems. Co-founder of GreenPeace, Watson is half pirate and half philosopher in this provocative film about a man who will stop at nothing to protect what lies beneath.
The film Watson brings us incredible archival footage from decades of Watson’s activism braided with personal stories and beautiful underwater sea life footage to tell the story of a true champion for the environment. Informative, moving, and disturbing, Watson is a must-see for anyone who is concerned about the future of our oceans and the planet.
About the Filmmakers
Watson was produced by Louise Runge, Lesley Chilcott, and Wolfgang Knöpfler, and directed by Lesley Chilcott.
“Chilcott contrasts these often grainy visuals (the sight of sharks having their fins and tails sliced off, then dumped back in the water to die writhing on the ocean floor, is especially upsetting) with some gorgeous high-res photography of whales and coral reefs that would fit easily into the creation-of-Earth sequence from Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. Seeing the majesty of these creatures and their habitat up close makes for a flustering incongruity with the footage that Watson and his crew have captured of their despoiling.” – Keith Uhlich. Hollywood Reporter. Watson: Review. 20 May 2019.
“Having previewed the film over the weekend, I was riveted throughout. Chilcott had the entire Watson and Sea Shepherd archives opened to her (cameras document all activity on every voyage), and believe me this is one whale of a tale you won’t soon forget. Mixed in with interviews with Watson and the lifetime of remarkable up-close footage is some spectacular new underwater photography of whales and other ocean residents that Chilcott and her team shot for this film. You can see a sample of that in a clip from the movie by clicking on the link at the top of this post. Whoever the lucky distributor turns out to be, better be ready to book this in Imax theatre\s. It is stunning, and the only mystery is how Hollywood hasn’t yet brought Watson’s story to the screen. It would be a natural for top actors, no doubt.” – Pete Hammond, Deadline. Documentaries Are King As New Films On Linda Ronstadt And Captain Paul Watson Get Ready To Shine At Tribeca Film Festival. 25 April 2019
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