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Australia 2021, 90 min Director SALLY AITKEN
As a young woman, Australian Valerie Taylor was a champion diver and spearfisher. Later, along with her husband, she became one of the first people to film great white sharks without the protection of a cage and was hired by Steven Spielberg to shoot the real shark sequences for Jaws. But ironically, just as millions of people were watching these movies and becoming deathly afraid of sharks, Taylor’s love for the ocean was leading her in a different direction. As filmmaker Sally Aitken unfolds the many layers of Taylor’s fascinating life, we learn of her pioneering work in ocean conservation. Fighting for the protection of marine sites around the world and advocating tirelessly to prevent the senseless hunting of sharks are now the driving forces in her life. But Taylor, now in her 80s, still finds time to dive and play with the sharks.
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SALLY AITKEN is an Emmy®-nominated director, writer, and showrunner of multiple international series. She is known for adventurous collaborations characterized by compassion, humor, and fierce intelligence. Aitken’s award-winning work includes the Caméra d’Or-nominated feature documentary A Cinematic Life, selected for the Cannes Film Festival, and three episodes of David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema, which she wrote and directed. In 2018, Aitken finished series producing, directing, and co-writing The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill, a six-episode, 60-minute epic with the actor traveling the largest ocean in the world to discover the Indigenous perspective on Captain Cook’s voyages.
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|RUNNING TIME:||90 min|
|PRINT SOURCE:||Wildbear Entertainment|
|NOTE WRITER:||Ken Jacobson|