Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder gets biographical film
Paul Watson, the founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society which has become the star of the television series Whale Wars, and who also claims to be a founding member of Greenpeace is to have a biographical film made about him and the organisation.
Watson left Greenpeace to found Sea Shepherd Conservation Society when he felt that the organisation was lacking direct action and his views took a different direction to the rest of Greenpeace.
Paul Watson was a early and influential member of Greenpeace, serving on the crew, skippering the vessel and later was even a board member for the organisation. After years with the organisation he was ousted from the board in 1977 and decided to leave the organisation altogether, he had tried to move them towards more direct action tactics however Greenpeace was very much a non-violent organisation and steered away from such direct action.
So Watson created the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and first set sail in December 1978. They advocated much more direct action such as damaging propellers of ships, boarding whaling ships and throwing objects on their decks to obstruct the whaling activities.
The organisation has since been the focus of a television series called Whale Wars which follows their attempts to stop whaling activities. In the first series they documented the alleged shooting of Watson when he and his crew were trying to stop a Japanese whaling ship.
Apparently the film, which is called Ocean Warriors, will be an action thriller and will follow his time in Greenpeace through to the creation of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Seriously, an action thriller?
Variety tells us that Keith Ross Leckie and Julie Allan are writing the script, but have little more information than that at the moment. Bill Johnson, partner at Inferno, a production company on the film, said if Paul Watson:
”During his career, Paul has been called both a hero and a terrorist, refusing to be defined by anything but his mission to conserve and protect marine life. We are thrilled to bring this complex and thought-provoking character to the bigscreen.”
It certainly sounds a worthwhile story to make, but will it be a factual one? Perhaps that's not really as important as the effect and the impact it has on the audience. Any film that helps stop the mass slaughter of whales is certainly a good thing isn't it?