Dogwoof Films


A mesmerizing 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.




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Upcoming Screenings

Saturday 24 May

Louth – The Playhouse Cinema

Saturday 12 July

Baltimore, West Cork. – Islander's Rest Hotel – Popup Cinema Screening

Tuesday 29 July

Guildford – The Electric Theatre

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Blackfish filmmakers respond to SeaWorld

April 14th, 2014

SeaWorld repond to the documentary Blackfish, and so do the team behind the film.

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Blackfish director given Impact Award

March 31st, 2014

Gabriela Cowperthwaite is presented with the Impact Award by the Humane Society for her documentary Blackfish

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Millions support ‘Blackfish’ bill

March 26th, 2014

Our documentary Blackfish is inspiring change

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The Act of Killing wins 2014 Best Documentary BAFTA

February 16th, 2014

Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary wins the 2014 award

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Watch all the BAFTA nominated documentaries

February 12th, 2014

Find out how you can watch each of the nominees here

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Blackfish Universal deal announced

January 30th, 2014

Blackfish will reach more global audiences following a NBCUniversal deal

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A response to SeaWorld from Blackfish filmmakers

January 23rd, 2014

Blackfish challenges SeaWorld to a debate....

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The Act of Killing and Blackfish are BAFTA nominated!

January 8th, 2014

The 2014 BAFTA nominations have been revealed!

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Bands cancel SeaWorld gigs after viewing Blackfish

December 9th, 2013

Barenaked Ladies, Willie Nelson, Heart and Cheap Trick all cancel upcoming shows at the marine park...

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The Oscar documentary shortlist is published

December 4th, 2013

3 Dogwoof documentaries make the shortlist of 15 films

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Blackfish Friday sale

November 29th, 2013

Special offers in the Dogwoof shop this weekend...

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Blackfish gets the nation talking

November 22nd, 2013

The film debuts on TV and causes a storm on Twitter

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Join the Blackfish debate on November 21st

November 14th, 2013

Watch Blackfish with us, join the conversation and win prizes!

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Blackfish - now on Blu-ray

November 7th, 2013

Watch 2013's most talked about doc on Blu-ray

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Cinema Eye award nominations announced

November 7th, 2013

6 films and 19 nominations in 10 categories for Dogwoof films!

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Millions tune in to Blackfish

October 28th, 2013

The film trends and celebrity voices show their support

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Dogwoof in Busan and Rio

October 11th, 2013

LFF is far from the only festival going on at the moment; this week we had our Vesna at Busan International Film festival and Ana at Rio Film Festival.

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Awards season hots up - Oscar predictions

September 16th, 2013

Which documentaries will make the Oscar shortlist? We take a guess

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Blackfish comes to Blu-ray

September 12th, 2013

Pre-order your copy now...

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Blackfish Newsletter competition

August 28th, 2013

Sign up to win a special Blackfish prize pack!

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Blackfish arrives on DVD and iTunes

August 22nd, 2013

Own your copy of this years most talked about documentary

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Blackfish inspires Pixar to change Finding Nemo sequel

August 12th, 2013

Pixar are planning on channeling Blackfish in their follow up film, Finding Dory

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Kim Basinger triumphs against SeaWorld

August 9th, 2013

Bassinger and PETA manage to prevent SeaWorld from inporting Russian Beluga whales

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Blackfish dives into cinemas

July 26th, 2013

Opening to great reviews, see Blackfish on a screen near you NOW

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Dogwoof Global announces acquisition deals for Blackfish

July 22nd, 2013

The Dogwoof Global team announce new sales deals for Blackfish

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Blackfish opens in US & Canada

July 18th, 2013

See the film opening weekend and you could win a T-shirt!

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Blackfish - Seaworld Bites Back

July 15th, 2013

Seaworld respond to the film as release day approaches

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Dogwoof Global Sales

June 20th, 2013

Find out more about how our global division works

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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013 report and photos!

June 17th, 2013

Find out our highlights of this years festival..

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The Act of Killing wins Special Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest

June 17th, 2013

A Dogwoof film picks up the award for the 3rd year in a row!

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Blackfish VIP screening is a hit!

June 12th, 2013

While the Blackfish director Gabriela and producer Manny were in town we hosted a fancy event...

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Blackfish event at Apple Store

June 11th, 2013

Gabriela Cowperthwaite at a 'Meet the Filmmaker" event

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Blackfish Twitter Q&A on June 11th

June 6th, 2013

Ask Gabriela Cowperthwaite your questions via Twitter!

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Countdown to Sheffield Doc/Fest

June 5th, 2013

One week to go!

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10th June - Blackfish Apple in-store special event

May 29th, 2013

Meet director Gabriela Cowperthwaite at the Regent St store

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3 Dogwoof films to screen at East End Film Festival

May 24th, 2013

Catch Blackfish, Muscle Shoals or Dogwoof classic La Antena at the event this summer

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Dogwoof Cannes 2013 report

May 24th, 2013

Another year, another Cannes!

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Blackfish double bill screening with Jaws!

May 15th, 2013

Head to a Blackfish screening paired up with Spielberg's shark movie

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Dogwoof films announced for Sheffield Doc/Fest

May 9th, 2013

Come and see one of our docs or pop along to Spirit of '45 Day

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Dogwoof Hot Docs 2013 Report

May 8th, 2013

Our highlights from this years Candian documentary festival

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Blackfish launches at Sundance London

April 26th, 2013

Read all about the film's UK premiere at the opening night of Sundance London

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Sundance London DVD sale

April 25th, 2013

Grab an acclaimed Sundance doc at a bargain price in our shop

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Dogwoof MIPDoc and MIPtv Report

April 17th, 2013

Read about our first year at MIPdoc and MIPtv.

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Win tickets to see Blackfish at Sundance London

April 9th, 2013

Give the film a follow on Twitter for a chance to win

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New Blackfish Clip

April 5th, 2013

We debut a new clip ahead of our trip to MIP

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Blackfish leads the Sundance London line-up

March 11th, 2013

Blackfish will have its UK Premiere as part of Sundance London

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Brand new teaser clip for Blackfish

March 8th, 2013

Watch a new clip for our highly anticipated new film, Blackfish

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Dogwoof Berlin 2013 report

February 15th, 2013

The Spirit of '45 premiered and we acquired the rights for Blackfish at this years Berlinale...

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New Dogwoof acquisition - Blackfish

February 13th, 2013

We have secured the rights for Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s extraordinary documentary Blackfish

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