Starring: Tilikum, John Jett, John Hargrove, Samantha Berg, Mark Simmons, Dean Gomersall, Dave Duffus
Directed by: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Synopsis: Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity.
A controversial and often heartbreaking look at Sea World and it’s Killer Whales, and the inhumane way they are treated. Blackfish is a documentary that really should be watched by everyone, especially those planning their family holiday to Florida soon! The world needs films like this to try and make a difference, unfortunately I’m sure not enough people will see it for that to happen.
The thread running through the movie is the male Orca, Tilikum, who we see, via archive footage, is taken from his parents as a youngster and taken off to the precursor to Sea World, a place called SeaLand or something. The film follows his journey right up to the present day where he resides in semi retirement at Sea World. Which makes it sound kind of nice. Except it isn’t because the reason he is in semi-retirement is because he is responsible for the deaths of three trainers over the years. The sad thing is, it’s because of the treatment he, and the other whales receive, that the deaths occurred.
There is some damning evidence against Sea World in this film, including cover ups and placing the blame on the deceased trainers so that everyone still see’s the sunny side of the park, rather than look into the fact that due to what is effectively animal cruelty, these animals seemed to take out their frustration on their unfortunate human ‘friends’. Perhaps the most damning verdict against Sea World though, is the fact that the documentary is full of ex-trainers who worked there who are now vehemently against it.
Hopefully enough people will see this film, and spread the word and one day these magnificent animals will finally be free.