I wanted to expand a bit on my tweet yesterday about The Daily Beast piece on the Documentary Film, “The End of The Line.” The film opens in the Art House circuit today and I do hope it goes wider as the subject is very important. It caught my eye not only because we publish the book the film is based on, but because I missed the opportunity to see it’s US debut at the Sundance Film Festival this year.
I am fortunate to have friends that live and work in Park City, Utah. For the past ten years, they’ve let me stay at their house so I could attend the Film Festival. The films start showing at 8:00 in the morning and go non-stop until 2am . . . every day for 10 days. As a volunteer this year I was assigned to work elsewhere during the documentary’s opening night, but there was a bit of a buzz around the film the next day.
This is from a longer piece that Holly Willis posted on the Festival website back in January–
“Similarly, The End of the Line, a gripping survey of over-fishing based on Charles Clover’s book The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat, also gains momentum from the passion of its subjects . . . For director Rupert Murray, the key was to bring together these scientists and his own self-described “strange passion” for the sea.
“I didn’t want to make a natural history film,” Murray says. “They lie essentially. They tell a story about a perfect primeval system, excluding the one key element that is affecting the whole thing, which is man. A story about the oceans without man is a fabrication. I wanted to tell the real story . . . ”
If you are following the guidelines that tell us all to eat more fish, this documentary is one that shouldn’t be missed.
by Don McIlraith