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Gabriela Cowperthwaite's documentary asks what led a captive killer whale to turn on its trainers three times.


Making potent use of harrowing archive footage and the penitent testimony of ex-trainers, this biography of 12,000lb bull orca Tilikum exposes the callous cruelty of water parks too commercially driven to accept research into the damage that confinement inflicts. The abuse Tilikum endured at the now-defunct Sealand in Canada is outlined in dismaying detail, along with the deaths he caused there and at SeaWorld Orlando. But this is as much about the human failings that allow such barbarism to continue unchecked. Informative, impassioned and damningly indicting.


Blackfish Blackfish
Released: 11 November 2013
Despite promising 45 minutes of special features on the DVD case, apart from the trailer there is only an 18-minute on-stage Q&A with Cowperthwaite. The director doubtless would have been better represented by a studio interview, or commentary

Impassioned and disturbing, this doc matches The Cove for marrying cool intellect with real fire.

Reviewed by David Parkinson

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I couldn't believe the stories being told here, and it's so effectively constructed that there's a seem of dread that lingers throughout this film. I'd only heard incredible things about this film, and it still surpassed my expectations. ... More

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Free the whale!

I felt very passionate about this cause whist watching this documentary. I cant believe how it has gone on for so long and with so many obvious cases being proven that seaworld (and captivity in general) is no place for such a beautiful creature. I read a review earlier about <a href= sh/ rel=”dofollow”>Blackfish </a> and I simply couldn't think of this easiest question one would asked.... why? ... More

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