BLACKFISH: THE DVD REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

Just wow is all I will say – the review below is from Kernel Claire, who reviewed this at the Sydney Film Festival last May. I never got to see it until Madman Entertainment sent us a copy to review. MY MIND HAS BEEN BLOWN. I feel ashamed, when I was younger we went to the US and attended San Diego Seaworld and it was mother’s day in Australia while we were there and it was 1985 and my mum was selected out of the entire audience to walk to the top of a ramp where Shamu launched out of the water and kissed her, it basically slapped her across the face with his tongue. But I was hooked and thought Seaworld was doing all good. Nay nay I say. This film is a MUST to see and after seeing it I will never attend a zoo or “Seaworld” styled marine park again in my life. This award winning masterpiece is up for grabs. Thanks to our good friends, MADMAN ENTERTAINMENT we are giving away 5X Copies of it on DVD. This a documentary to fight for. I sat there mesmerised for the entire 83mins of this M rated film. If you miss out on the comp it is available for rent or purchase from all good places now. To win see below Kernel Claire’s fine review……….All the best……………JK.  

 

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BLACKFISH – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW OF ONE OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF ALL TIME

 

REVIEW BY CLAIRE SMITH

BLACKFISH, a documentary directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite is based around the story of an orca (killer whale) captured off the coast of Iceland and kept in captivity in America. This orca, whom keepers named “Tilikum” has been involved in the deaths of three people during his time in captivity. Tilikum – a name which ironically means “friend” in the Native American Chinook language – is the father/grand-daddy to a veritable tribe of captive killer whales, some of which have had a few “keeper-close-calls” of their own. It’s a seedy white underbelly of the industry that personally I knew little about. As a child, I went to Sea World San Diego a few times and remember loving the orca show at Shamu Stadium. It was magical to see the wet-suited trainers with their cheesy Californian showbiz accents, surfing on the killer whales and being catapulted up into the air from the gargantuan patchwork mammals torpedoing through the depths below.

 

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BLACKFISH – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW OF ONE OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF ALL TIME

 

The trailer for the documentary appears to focus on the single most notorious incident with Tilikum, where he dragged experienced trainer Dawn Brancheau into the depths of his holding tank and drowned her in-front of a crowd of Sea-World visitors. The film actually exposes a string of events and a list of documented incidents with the big guy Tilikum and also with several of his offspring. Being an animal lover myself, and having seen wild orca families first hand in the cool clear waters of New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, it’s a cold reality to watch this documentary.

 

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BLACKFISH – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW OF ONE OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF ALL TIME

 

The stories and incidents are numerous and well documented and are quite chilling to watch. One (non-fatal) incident in particular – where a captive orca takes a trainer by the foot and repeatedly drags him to the bottom of the training pool for a minute or so before resurfacing – was particularly disturbing. This was the only incident to be shown in full in the documentary, but is enough to be particularly harrowing. It’s difficult to say you can “enjoy” a documentary of this caliber  as its dealing with some really dark material, but the harsh reality is really well handled. There’s a few simple, but effective animations  mixed into the 84 minute run time that explain the orca genealogy and studies into their behavior. The story flows surprisingly well with the noticeable absence of a narrator and is an important look at a side to animal captivity that is often hidden or glossed over by PR representatives. BLACKFISH is captivating, compelling and rightly disturbing. I give it 4 out of 5 pops.

 

KERNEL CLAIRE’S POP SCORE:

4 Pops

JK’S POP SCORE:

5 Pops

 

With special thanks to MADMAN ENTERTAINMENT to win one of the 5x DVDs of BLACKFISH you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer to the following question: What is your favourite animal film and why?   If you do not have Facebook and Twitter then get with the times old timer haha – You can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at jkdigitaldesigns@gmail.com telling me you don’t have social media  Prizes will no longer be awarded to first in first served. It will now be a game of skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels. The prizes will be sent in the next week. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.

 

 

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