Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management // Playing with Sharks

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Film Info
Country Listing:Australia
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Hot Picks
Ecology & the Environment
Films & Filmmakers
Sports & Recreation
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Sally Aitken
Producer(s):Bettina Dalton
Executive Producer(s):Alan Erson
Anna Godas
Oli Harbottle
Paul Wiegard
Editor(s):Adrian Rostirolla
Cinematography:Nathan Barlow
Michael Latham
Judd Overton
Toby Ralph
Ron Taylor


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Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management: Hear from notable subjects and experts on issues featured in the film.

Big Ideas Q&A
Legendary marine conservationist and photographer Valerie Taylor joins director Sally Aitken and producer Bettina Dalton to discuss her pioneering work with sharks, commitment to ocean conservation and the experience of being the subject of the camera instead of wielding it. Hosted by broadcaster, producer and author Ziya Tong.
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About the film
Asked if swimming with sharks is dangerous, Valerie Taylor, the preeminent underwater photographer, filmmaker and shark advocate, chides that "even a cup of tea can burn you." That blend of disarming adventurer and sheer nerve fuelled an unmatched career that brought the wonder of sharks to the world. Valerie and her husband Ron were the first ever to film great white sharks without cage protection, the first to capture a white-tip feeding frenzy for their landmark 1971 documentary Blue Water, White Death, and she personally shot the near-lethal live scenes that would make Jaws a global phenomenon. But her work also had unforeseen consequences, glorifying the dangers sharks pose rather than the respect nature's most perfect predators deserve. As only 10 per cent of the world's shark populations survive today, her marine conservation work may pose the riskiest challenge yet. Vowing to dive in a wheelchair if necessary, Taylor shines in this captivating portrait of everlasting determination. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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