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Bo Report: ‘The Lion King’ reigns as Stephen Amis’ Sea Shepherd doc sails in

‘Defend, Conserve, Protect.’

Disney’s The Lion King roared through its second weekend in Australia as the studio smashed its own annual global box office record set in 2016 last weekend.

Meanwhile Defend, Conserve, Protect, Stephen Amis’ feature doc which examines the long-running campaign to stop Japanese fishermen killing whales in the Southern Ocean, opened on seven screens in limited sessions.

Narrated by Dan Aykroyd and produced by Amis, Sea Shepherd Australia MD Jeff Hansen and Sea Shepherd colleague Omar Todd, the film fetched an estimated $7,200 but had already netted $37,000 from about 40 advance screenings and festivals.

The executive producer, Label Distribution’s Tait Brady, is happy with the reviews and media coverage and says the film will play through the end of the year with screenings for activists and community groups, after which he will negotiate ancillary deals.

He offered the film to several sales agents but they were wary of the anti-whaling stance.
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Stephen Amis’ ‘Defend, Conserve, Protect’ wins Us festival prize

‘Defend, Conserve, Protect.’

Stephen Amis’ film examining the long-running campaign to stop Japanese fishermen killing whales in the Southern Ocean was named best international feature documentary at the American Documentary Film Festival.

Four years in the making, Defend, Conserve, Protect had its its world premiere at the festival which ran from March 29 – April 4 in Palm Springs, California.

Produced by Amis, Sea Shepherd Australia MD Jeff Hansen and Sea Shepherd colleague Omar Todd, the doc follows a young, passionate and fearless group of Sea Shepherd activists in their battle to defend the Minke whales as well as exploring the global marine activism movement and the importance of the world’s oceans.

“It’s wonderful for the movie to be recognised abroad and of course we are very happy to promote the incredible work of Sea Shepherd and their ocean conservation programs,” Amis, who attended the premiere, tells If.

“The usually non-alarmist
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Stephen Amis’ feature documentary spotlights Japanese whaling

The Mv Bob Barker in Antarctic waters.

Before, during and after making the comedy The BBQ, director Stephen Amis and executive producer Tait Brady shot a feature documentary on a rather more serious topic: the long-running campaign to stop Japanese fishermen killing whales in the Southern Ocean.

Four years in the making, Defend, Conserve, Protect is having its world premiere this week at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, California, attended by Amis.

Made in close collaboration with the Sea Shepherd organisation, the film was shot amidst clashes between the Japanese whaling fleet and Sea Shepherd’s boats.

Produced by Amis, Sea Shepherd Australia MD Jeff Hansen and Sea Shepherd colleague Omar Todd, the doc follows a young, passionate and fearless group of activists in their battle to defend the Minke whales as well as exploring the global marine activism movement and the importance of the world’s oceans.
See full article at IF.com.au »

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