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A mesmerising psychological thriller with a killer whale at its centre, Blackfish is the first film since Grizzly Man to show how nature can get revenge on man when pushed to its limits.


Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Reviews (26)

  • "Critics Pick" – New York Times
  • "Critics Pick" – LA Times
  • "You have rarely seen footage this tense." – Village Voice
  • "Unfolds like a thriller." – Vulture
  • "A mesmerizing psychological thriller" – Variety
  • "Impressive, often gripping documentary" – The Observer
  • "One of the best films of 2013 so far" – Awards Daily
  • "A fascinating piece of documentary filmmaking" – FEARnet
  • "Expertly crafted, A must-see" 5 – Daily Mirror
  • "An extraordinary, must-see examination" 5New York Daily News
  • "If you see one documentary this year, make it Blackfish" 5The Hollywood News
  • "As horribly gripping as a serial-killer thriller" 4The Guardian
  • "Save the whale? After watching, you'll never mock that sentiment again." 4The Indepedent
  • "Gripping and devastating" 4The Daily Mail
  • "A heartbreaking documentary, forensically constructed " 4The Sunday Telegraph
  • "The compulsion of a detective story, layered with horror and compassion" 4The Times
  • "An inherent immorality is brought thrashing to the surface" 4The Metro
  • "A harrowing and eye-opening documentary" 4Daily Express
  • "Compelling" 4The Sun
  • "A controversial portrait of a serial killer" 4The Evening Standard
  • "Brilliant, thought-provoking documentary" 4The Irish Times
  • "Informative, impassioned and damningly indicting" 4Empire Magazine
  • "Blackfish presents a persuasive, passionate argument" 4Total Film
  • "You should really see it for yourself" 4Huffington Post
  • "A fascinating documentary " 4The Scotsman
  • "Blackfish plays out like a crime thriller" 4Movie Scope

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January 5th, 2015

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Dogwoof Steelbooks

December 17th, 2014

We are very excited to release limited edition Steelbooks for Nas: Time is Illmatic and Blackfish - available now.

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2 Britdoc Impact Awards for Dogwoof

November 24th, 2014

We are proud and excited to announce that Blackfish and The House I Live In are winners for the Britdoc Impact Award 2014

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