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John Hopkins
2016 | 53 min 12 s

Prizes and awards

  • Winner - Best Atlantic FilmmakerLunenburg Doc Fest (2016)

  • Winner - Wildlife AwardInternational Ocean Film Festival (2017)

  • Winner - Grand Award and Best DocumentaryCalifornia Film Awards (2017)

  • Finalist Pacific Beach International Film Festival. U.S.A. (2022)

  • Official SelectionAtlantic Film Festival (2016)

  • Social Justice Documentary Competition & Reel Nature SectionSanta Barbara International Film Festival

  • Official SelectionWildlife Conservation Film Festival (2017)

  • Official SelectionRaindance Film Festival, London (2017)

  • Official SelectionBig Sky Documentary Film Festival

Short Synopsis

Director's Statement


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Promotional Materials


Brian Skerry
Photo: Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry
Photo: Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry
Photo: Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry
Photo: Brian Skerry


John Hopkins
Writer / Director

Photo : Paul McNeill

Paul McNeill

Photo : NFB

Annette Clarke
Producer / Executive Producer

Photo : NFB

Ravida Din
Executive Producer

Photo : Michael Cooper


Written & Directed by


Story Editor

Director of Photography

Sound Design

Original Music

Slow-motion Cinematography
Christopher Ball
John Hopkins

Underwater Cinematography
Christopher Ball
Chris Harvey-Clark
Robert Guertin

Additional Camera
Christopher Ball
Richard Furlong
Dany Lavoie
Nigel Markham
Alastair Meux
Adam Perry

Sound Recordists
Georges Hannan
Aram Kouyoumdjian
Luke Leunes
Alex Salter

First Assistant Camera
William Harrington
Susan Rodgers

Additional Editing
John Hopkins
Peter Giffen

Underwater Stills
Brian Skerry

Production Manager
April Ennis

Production Assistant
Connie Littlefield

Japan Fixer
Tetsuro Shimmatsu

Elizabeth Klinck

PEI Fisheries Consultant
Patrick O’Neill

Special Thanks
Arnold Bailey
Ben Boyce
Eve Bruce
Jaime Bruce
Troy Bruce
Walter Bruce
Leo Cheverie
Brodie Creed
Kenny Drake
Ken Fraser
Winnie Fraser Mckay
Joey Gauthier
Terry Harris
Tetsuro “Teddy” Hiraishi

Dr. Jeffrey Hutchings
Garth Jenkins
Bruce Keus
Cor Keus
Ross Keus
Mike McGeoghegan
Wayne MacAlpine
Shelly MacNeill
Olivia, Eric and Luke MacNeill
Leonard MacNeill
Lynn MacNeill
Scott Marshall

Dr. John Neilson
Greg Norton
Spencer Norton
Akira Okazaki
Mark Rose
Dr. Carl Safina
Tim Simpson
Brian Skerry
Margaret Stewart
Dr. Michael Stokesbury
Michelle Van Beusekom
Dr. Boris Worm

The filmmakers would also like to thank
Brian Baker
Mathieu Beaudin
Belinda Bethune
Bill Boyce
John Brett
Phil Corsi
Sheila Eastman
Hans Engel
Dr. Stuart Exall
Valerie Flannery
Sturla Gunnarsson
Rick Hancox
Kevin Hebert
Norma Jean Killam
Preston Llewellyn
Andrew MacCormack
Dave MacEwen
Ian MacPherson
Sebastian Manago
Bruce Matheson
Bogart Michaels
Robert Molyneaux
John Pritchard
Jo Pritchard
Greg Sears
Taylor Sears
Nobuko Ueda
Jeff Wheaton
Berni Wood
Hilda Woolnough, MFA

Bluewater Magazine
Bruce Brothers Charters
Canada International Tuna Cup Challenge
Dalhousie University
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Diver’s Quarters (PEI) – James Landrigan
Ecology Action Centre – Katie Schleit
Friends of Elmira
Innovation PEI
Japanese Airlines (JAL)
MacNeill’s Tuna and Deep-Sea Fishing Charters
North Lake Charters
PEI Department of Fisheries
PEI Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA)
PEI Premier’s Office
Points East Beach Motel
The Safina Institute
Tightline Tours
Tourism PEI
Tsukiji Market

Vision Air Services Inc.:
Tim L’esperance – Pilot
Christopher Ball – DOP
Paul Mitchelltree – Tyler Technician

A very special thanks to
Ruth Inniss (www.pei-beach-cottage.com)
Square Deal Productions Atlantic Inc.
The people of North Lake and Kings County

Special appearances (while stocks last)
The Giant Bluefin off North Lake
Atlantic Herring and Mackerel
Pilot and Minke Whales
The Gannets

Visual Archives Courtesy Of
Bogart Michaels
Brian Skerry – National Geographic
Dr. Carl Safina
European Parliament – Audiovisual Services for Media
Japanese Airlines
John Hopkins – Square Deal Productions Atlantic Inc.
Margaret Stewart & Family
Mass Bay Guides
PEI Department of Economic Development and Tourism
Wild Logic LLC

Production Supervisor
Roz Power

Technical Coordinator
Christopher MacIntosh

Lisa Clarke
Michelle McStay

Music Editing & Arranging
Nicolas Borycki

Marianne Dugal – Violin
Olivier Thouin – Violin
Robert Marcel Lepage – Piano
Sofia Gentile – Alto
Sylvain Murray – Cello
Yannick Chenevert – Double Bass

Music Recordist and Mixer
Luc Léger

Music Recording Assistant
Padraig Buttner-Schnirer

Geoffrey Mitchell

Picture Finishing
902 Post Inc.

Online Editor and Colourist
Doug Woods

Assistant Online Editor
Robert Carrigan

Production Coordinators
Stephanie Coolen
Sarah Gignac
Vanessa Larsen

Senior Production Coordinator
Kelly Davis

Program Administrators
John Lutz
Leslie Anne Poyntz

Marketing Manager
Melissa Wheeler

Pat Dillon-Moore

Business Affairs
Dominique Aubry
Stéphanie L’Écuyer

Annette Clarke
Paul McNeill

Executive Producer
Annette Clarke
Ravida Din



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