On World Ocean Day, Monday 8th June at 7pm, Vue Cinemas are giving audiences the chance to see the world’s first major documentary about the devastating impact of overfishing, The End of the Line. Based on the book by former Telegraph journalist Charles Clover and filmed over two years, The End of the Line provides a dramatic exposé of those in power who are taking advantage of the seas with catastrophic consequences on the world’s fish supplies.
The film follows 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 fisherman turned whistleblower Roberto Mielgo, on the trail of those destroying the world’s magnificent blue fin tuna population. Filmed around the world, from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market, featuring scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, The End of the Line is a wake-up call to the world. It is, however, an eye-opener that demonstrates the simple changes people can make to reverse the current predicament.
Directed by Rupert Murray, the film was officially selected for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Funding came from a variety of sources including charitable foundations, private donations and equity investment. Strong alliances have been built with NGOs around the world including Greenpeace, WWF, Oceana and the Marine Conservation Society.
The Vue screenings on Monday 8th June will be followed by Q&A sessions with the people involved in the making of the film. The filmmakers and collaborators attending each screening will be distributed as follows:
- Author and filmmaker Charles Clover and Willie Mackenzie of Greenpeace – Islington Vue
- Director Rupert Murray and Sarah Duthie, Head of Greenpeace International Oceans Campaign – Fulham Broadway Vue
- Executive Producer, Christo Hird – Finchley Road Vue
- Executive Producer, Chris Gorell Barnes – Shepherd’s Bush Vue
- Cat Dorey of Greenpeace – Acton Vue
Tickets are £8 each and can be purchased now online from Vue Cinemas or by phone on 08712 240 240, or directly from box offices at participating cinemas. The End of the Line is released nationwide on the 12th June 2009.