GREAT WHITE ENCOUNTERS is a 63 minute documentary on the relationship between Great White Sharks and humans, showing the positive and negative interactions between us - how it can benefit us both, and be destructive to these magnificent but vulnerable creatures.
We will see how close human and White Shark relationships can be, from free-diving with White Sharks and us opening their mouths by touching their nose, to how closer and safe positive interactions can possibly help and even save us both. But we then investigate how humans' negative treatments of Great Whites is still killing them despite their protections, making us ask what is the future for the survival of these wonderful animals.
Since I was a kid I always wanted to get close to Great White Sharks! Much of this came from the movie Jaws, but so much amazement and wide eyed excitement from documentaries too. At a time after Jaws came out when some people would go out for the thrill of catching a Great White, I wanted to photograph one, or a silly kid’s dream to ‘make friends’ with it, having a White following me and my friends by the side of our boat, going on adventures with us.
I always vowed to make a film on Great Whites. If you love doing something so much, then you should film it too. I wanted to thrill friends and family with huge images of Whites swimming on their big screen tv, something super powerful, exciting and epic.