Closing Night: Patrick and the Whale + Q&A
Embark on an awe-inspiring journey into the world of whales with marine videographer Patrick Dykstra in this breathtaking documentary. Prompted by a profound encounter with "Dolores", a female sperm whale, Dykstra immerses himself in the pursuit of understanding these ocean giants. Veteran wildlife filmmaker Mark Fletcher’s lens beautifully captures the whales' intelligence, emotional depth, and complex social bonds. Beyond the visual spectacle, Dykstra grapples with ethical questions surrounding his research and our relationship with the natural world as he delves deeper.Don’t miss this odyssey that reveals the wonder and vulnerability of life beneath the waves. (Directed by Mark Fletcher, Austria, 72 min)
The screening will be followed by a live onstage Q&A with filmmaker Mark Fletcher and film's focus Patrick Dykstra.
About the filmmaker:
Mark Fletcher, with over 25 years of experience, is a renowned wildlife film editor and writer. Having worked with acclaimed filmmakers and written for David Attenborough, his contributions have won over 50 Emmys. His portfolio includes a wide range of films like Andes, the Dragon’s Back and Clever Monkeys. He works globally from his cutting room in Wiltshire. markfletcherproductions.com
Patrick Dykstra is a BAFTA-winning cinematographer known for his work on BBC's Blue Planet 2 and other nature programs including Netflix, National Geographic, Discovery, and BBC. Previously a corporate lawyer, he left to pursue passions in filming and adventure. He has filmed in over 102 countries, including extreme environments. He spends significant time each year with sperm whales in Dominica. When not on the road, he is at home in Bristol. pictureadventure.com
It's a Wrap! After the screening, join us for a nightcap in the Playhouse's Reel Bar for our after-celebration with Festival filmmakers and guests.
With short film:
The Rock Pool Waltz
Scottish Premiere. During the COVID-19 lockdown, a boy’s affinity for nature eases his loneliness and leads to an extraordinary friendship in this delightful, award-winning youth film. (Directed by Marlon Denning, Australia, 8 min)
About the Filmmaker:
Marlon Denning, a Year 8 Australian student, created his first film, The Rock Pool Waltz, in 2021. Winning awards at Sydney Flickerfest and Byron All Shorts, the film reflects his experiences with nature during the pandemic. Marlon is thrilled that his work is inspiring global audiences to care for the planet.