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 and part Grizzly Man, the film follows Watson as he repeatedly flouts the law, so that he may apprehend what he sees as the more serious lawbreakers; the illegal poachers of the world. Using verité sequences shot aboard his ship as a framing device, the documentary examines Watson’s personal history as an activist through archival footage and interviews, while revealing the impact of this relentless pursuit on his personal life. From the genesis of Greenpeace to sinking a pirate whaling ship off Portugal, and from clashes with fisherman in the Galapagos to Watson’s recent headline-grabbing battles with the Japanese whaling fleet in Antarctica, this film chronicles the extraordinary life of the most controversial figure in the environmental movement – the heroics, the ego, the urgency – of the world’s original eco-pirate

Format: HDCAM, Color, English,
Running Time: 110 minutes
E1 Films Presents in Association with Telefilm Canada and The Rogers Group of Funds through the Theatrical Documentary Program
A Screen Siren Pictures Production
Writer/Director/Producer: Trish Dolman
Producer(s): Kevin Eastwood
Editor: Brendan Woollard
Composer: Michael Brook
Developed and Produced with the Assistance of: Super Channel, The Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund
Financial Participation: Rogers Documentary Fund
Produced with the Participation of: The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Province of BC – Film Incentive BC
Produced in Association with: Optic Nerve Films

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Winner | Jury Special Mention for Environmental Films at Reykjavik International Film Festival
Winner | Top 10 Audience Choice Award at Hot Docs 2011
Winner | Best Documentary at Projecting Change Film Festival


Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto; May 1 & 3, 2011
Projecting Change Film Festival, Vancouver; May 27, 2011
Galway Film Festival, Ireland; July 6, 2011
Durban International Film Festival, South Africa; July 22 – 25, 2011
Reykjavik Film Festival, Iceland; September 23, 25, & 30, 2011
Norrkoping Film Festival, Sweden; October 7 & 9, 2011
Mill Valley Film Festival, USA; October 7 & 9, 2011
Rio International Film Festival, Brazil; October 8 & 11, 2011
Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland; October 7, 8, 9, & 10, 2011
TIFF Film Circuit, Campbell River, BC; October 11, 2011
Ghent International Film Festival, Belgium; October 21, 2011
Abu Dhabi International Film Festival, United Arab Emirates; Oct 20 & 21, 2011
TIFF Film Circuit – Wolfville, Nova Scotia; November 2, 2011
ReFrame Film Festival – Peterborough, Ontario; Pre-Festival Event November 4, 2011
TIFF Film Circuit – Salmon Arm, British Columbia; November 4, 2011
STARZ Denver Film Festival – Denver, Colorado; November 5 & 6, 2011
Leeds International Film Festival – United Kingdom; November 13 & 15, 2011
St. Louis International Film Festival – USA; November 15, 2011
Three Rivers Film Festival – USA; November 15 & 17, 2011
Doc Lounge Odense – Denmark; February 8, 2012
Doc Lounge Lund – Sweden; March 6, 2012
Salem Film Fest – Salem, Massachusetts; March 6, 8:45pm
Environmental Film Festival – Washington, DC; March 20, 6:00pm
Internationales Film Wochenende – Würzburg, Germany; March 22 – 25
Doc Lounge Malmö – Sweden; March 27, 2012
Doc Lounge Gotheborg – Sweden; April 3rd, 2012
Doc Lounge Aarhus – Denmark; April 19, 2012

Theatrical Release

Eco-Pirate was released in 15 theatres across New Zealand in November 2011.