MICK FANNING’S NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARY, SAVE THIS SHARK PREMIERES TUESDAY
Save This Shark is a two-part documentary that follows the three time World Champion Surfer turned ocean activist on his mission to explore shark conservation.
From his hometown of Ballina to the tropics of the Bahamas, Fanning returns to the open waters to conquer his fear of sharks and better understand them.
Along the way, Fanning investigates the issue of sharks versus people, debunking common misconceptions and, learning about the latest technology helping humans and sharks safely co-exist while saving them from extinction.
The documentary also features the work of leading experts including Dr. Charlie Huveneers, Professor Colin Simpfendorfer, Dr. Neil Hammerschlag and renowned shark conservationist Cristina Zenato.
“It was a really personal journey for me to be able to reconnect with sharks in this way. They’re such magical, majestic and misunderstood creatures, so I’m excited to share my experience on screen, to show just how important they are to the environment and what it takes to protect them,” says Fanning.
Save This Shark marks the latest release by AACTA winning filmmaker and producer Michael Lawrence (Bra Boys, Fighting Fear, Uncensored with Michael Ware, You and Me, Proximity) and legendary award-winning filmmaker Taylor Steele as part of M&C Saatchi Group’s film and television production arm, THIS.
“At THIS. Film Studio, we’re focused on unleashing the potential of the human spirit with our content,” said THIS. Film Studio Founder and CEO Michael Lawrence, who runs the company with Nicholas Cook. “As storytellers, we’re passionate about content that can make powerful and meaningful change. We’ve done just this with Save This Shark, and are proud to be part of Mick’s journey in doing so.”
In 2018, M&C Saatchi Group partnered with award-winning documentary makers, writers, producers and digital content pioneers Michael Lawrence and Nicholas Cook to launch film and television production studio, THIS. Brought to life by the same creative minds behind the studio’s 2019 release, Save This Rhino, Fanning’s journey is the latest installment in their series of conservation documentaries.
“The ‘Save This’ series from THIS, along with the studio’s other innovative projects are exactly why M&C Saatchi Group partnered with Mick and Nick several years ago,” said Justin Graham, Group CEO M&C Saatchi AUNZ. “Their offering further diversifies our business, bringing not only creativity but most importantly, their work is geared towards making the world a better place.
“Mick Fanning is a 3x world surfing champion, an entrepreneur, a new dad, and frankly an awesome human,” Graham added. “Partnering with Mick to better understand sharks in our world through the lens of the infamous incident in South Africa and documenting the changes it made to his life has been an incredible experience.”
The two-part documentary, Save This Shark, will air on National Geographic (Foxtel, Fetch and Sky NZ) on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7.30pm AEST.
National Geographic will air both parts, back to back, in a blockbuster event.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IS AVAILABLE ON FOXTEL, FETCH TV AND SKY NZ.