Valerie Taylor: Playing with Sharks
From working on Jaws, to gracing the pages of National Geographic and being awarded an Order of Australia for services to conservation, Valerie Taylor has had one brilliant career. Now in her 80s, this living legend of the diving world shares her story in this visually stunning, Sundance-selected documentary from Sally Aitken (David Stratton: A Cinematic Life). A fearless diver, and passionate advocate for marine conservation, she underwent a personal evolution from her spear-fishing days in the 1950s to making pioneering shark documentaries with her husband Ron in the 1960s and beyond. Fighting to change our perception of sharks from blood-thirsty predators to magnificent marine creatures, Valerie is considered one of the leading experts in her field.
Why You Should See This Film
This must be underwater love. With her long blonde locks, striking red wetsuit and effortless ease in the ocean, Valerie Taylor stood out in a male-dominated field. Combining gorgeous archival footage from Valerie’s documentaries, plus behind-the-scenes insights from the set of Jaws and beyond, along with a lively interview with Valerie herself, Valerie Taylor: Playing with Sharks is a pearl of a documentary.
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- Year: 2021
- Rating: PG
- Director: Sally Aitken
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Language: English