Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson trailer upsetting
I've talked about this film before, when the story of Paul Watson was originally marked for being made into a biography. He originally started with Greenpeace in the early days and was kicked off the board for being too forward with his actions against whaling vessels. That prompted him to start his own Sea Shepherd Conservation Society which believes in much more direct action.
The film is going to tell his story, and at the same time the story of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and of the animals he fights to defend, and already the trailer is rather upsetting for that, but don't let it put you off for ignoring it won't make it stop.
I get a similar feeling as I did with The Cove (Filmstalker review), which was an excellent documentary, however this one is much more about the person behind the organisation with the story of the animals and the brutal and pointless slaughter of them coming in as a by-product of the main focus of the documentary.
Still, if it gets the message across, reaches people, and changes thinking then it's surely a good thing isn't it?
Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson is a feature-length documentary about a man on a mission to save the planet and its oceans. Part Captain Nemo, part Grizzly Man, the film will follow Watson in the act as he repeatedly flouts the law, so that he may apprehend what he sees as the more serious law-breakers - the illegal poachers of the world. From the genesis of Greenpeace to the sinking of a pirate whaling ship off Portugal, from clashes with fisherman in the Galapagos to Watson's recent headline-grabbing battles with the Japanese whaling fleet in Antarctica, this documentary chronicles the extraordinary life one of the most controversial figures in the environmental movement - the heroics, the urgency - of the world's original eco pirate.
The trailer for Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson is a powerful one, and if you don't end up feeling a little enraged or a little bit respectful of the man from this short burst then I'd wonder if you have much feeling in you. This short trailer does manage to make a connection, however I wonder if the film and the complete story will. I hope it doesn't focus too much on the man and not enough on the work.
The film was originally to be called Ocean Warriors, and was being billed as some kind of action thriller, far from it as it's clearly a documentary, and now carries a name that seems to be more synonymous with the single man behind it rather than the story of the organisation or their work. Again, I just hope that this comes through loud and clear in the documentary and doesn't end up being a one man show.