Premiering this week at AMDOCs, before its Australian premiere at BOFA, the 4 years in the making Defend Conserve Protect ‘examines the Japanese whaling programme in the Southern Ocean, and the long running campaign to halt it. Set far from the worlds eyes in Antarctica, and made in close collaboration with the Sea Shepherd activist organisation, the film was shot amidst tense clashes between the Japanese whaling fleet and Sea Shepherd’s boats. Defend Conserve Protect follows a young, passionate and fearless group of eco-activists facing off in an epic battle to defend the majestic Minke whales. More than just a battle on the high seas, the film is also an exploration of global marine activism, and the importance of the world’s oceans.’
Directed by Australian Stephen Amis, and featuring narration from the whales’ point of view (!) by Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd (!!), ‘the film works to connect the dots between whale hunting, Japan’s inexplicable determination to maintain a custom that even they don’t defend any longer, and the broader issue of marine ecology and the impact of whaling on that ecosystem.’
Defend Conserve Protect will be released in cinemas mid-2019.