“Sharkwater Extinction” arrives in UK Cinemas on 22 March 2019

Press Release

Sparky Pictures

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An eye-opening, epic new feature documentary Sharkwater Extinction from Rob Stewart, the awardwinning director of Sharkwater and Revolution takes us on one man’s mission: to protect sharks from extinction and save the oceans before it’s too late.

More than 150 million sharks are being killed every year. The oceans are in danger. Sharks play a hugely important role to the environment. Who is the real enemy: shark or human?

We join the courageous filmmaker and renowned activist on a hugely inspirational, thrilling but hazardous journey, as he dives deep into oceans and travels across four continents to investigate the eye-watering scale of corruption, destruction and danger that the multi-billion-dollar pirate fishing industry and vast illegal shark fin trade bring.

This action-packed story takes us from the seas of West Africa to Spain via Panama, Costa Rica, France, and even North America as Stewart exposes a shocking truth that is leading the oldest remaining predator to extinction. Shark finning is still rampant, shark fin soup is still being consumed and endangered sharks are now being used to make products for human consumption.

Sharkwater Extinction celebrated its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and has gone on to garner critical acclaim and earn multiple international awards. The film recently received its UK Premiere hosted by HRH Princess Eugenie of York.

Sharkwater Extinction stands as Rob Stewart’s legacy as he was tragically killed in a diving accident, in the final stages of shooting the film in January 2017. His parents Brian and Sandy Stewart have dedicated themselves to completing the film which is now set for its UK release on 22 March 2019 from Sparky Pictures.

About Rob Stewart & The Rob Stewart Sharkwater Foundation
Rob Stewart was a biologist, conservationist, activist, and filmmaker. Sharkwater Extinction follows his two internationally award-winning films, Sharkwater (2006) and Revolution (2012).

Sharkwater brought the devastating issue of shark finning to the world stage. Revolution was the first feature film to expose the devastating effects that Ocean Acidification would bring: much worse than scientists had thought climate change would be.

Born in 1979 and raised in Toronto, Stewart graduated from Western University. He dedicated his life to conservation, saying: “Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth. And, that, above all else is worth fighting for.” He taught the world to love the oceans and their creatures and not fear sharks, through his iconic images of hugging and free diving with sharks and mantas.

The Rob Stewart Sharkwater Foundation was created to ensure that Rob’s mission to save the world’s sharks and oceans continues.

About Sparky Pictures Ltd.
Sparky Pictures is an independent film and television company based in London and launched in 2018.

The company works closely with film-makers to originate and distribute content about which it is passionate and to effectively reach audiences across all media via its established relationships, infrastructure and expertise.

Its team has decades of film and TV experience enabling the company to distribute, develop and produce film, documentary, television and digital content, both locally and around the world, through established and developing partnerships in the U.K., Ireland, Australia, Canada, across Europe and Worldwide.

It also provides film consultancy services on either a project specific or on-going basis to rights holders in this space.

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