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THE END OF THE LINE
OFFICIAL SELECTION Sundance Film Fest
"Vital... impressive in scope" -New York Times
"A sobering call to arms" -TimeOut London
"A classical, stately documentary, that blends striking imagery with informed commentary to credibly present the facts of another human-shaped, greed-fuelled global mega-cock-up" -Channel4
"The End of the Line is a free-form splash of jaw-dropping graphs, impressively accredited talking heads, and sumptuously shot portraits of natural beauty and decay" -Village Voice
½ "An apocalyptic documentary that is as beautiful as it is damning" -Chicago Tribune
Recommended! -NewCity Chicago
Critics' Choice! "This is advocacy filmmaking at its finest, thoroughly researched and beautifully shot" -Chicago Reader
The End of the Line, directed by Rupert Murray (Unknown White Male), is the first major documentary that reveals the impact of overfishing on our oceans. In the film we see firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food. It examines the imminent extinction of bluefin tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for sushi; the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish; and the profound implications of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass starvation. Filmed over two years, The End of the Line follows the investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs, who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans. One of his allies is the former tuna farmer turned whistleblower Roberto Mielgo - on the trail of those destroying the world's magnificent bluefin tuna population. The film lays the responsibility squarely on consumers who innocently buy endangered fish, politicians who ignore the advice and pleas of scientists, fishermen who break quotas and fish illegally and the global fishing industry that is slow to react to an impending disaster. Filmed across the world - from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market - featuring top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, The End of the Line is a wake-up call to the world.
Directed by Rupert Murray, UK, 2009, BetaSP, 82 mins.