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Patrick and the Whale

Directed by:

Mark Fletcher

2022

72 minutes

Using stunning underwater footage, Patrick explores the fascinating nature of the sperm whale, attempting to shine a light on its intelligence and complexity, as well as highlighting its current and past relationship with humankind.

SCREENINGS

Friday, July 12, 2024 at 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 7:00 PM

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On-Demand (Worldwide). October 30 - November 5

Patrick and the Whale Official Trailer

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ABOUT THE FILM

WINNER: 2023 FHFF BEST OVERALL IN-THEATRE FEATURE


Patrick Dykstra has dedicated his life to following and diving with whales. He has learned how whales see and hear, how they perceive other creatures in the water, and how they behave at close quarters. This allows him to get closer than anyone else alive.

 

In Dominica, he had a life-changing encounter with a sperm whale. She seemed curious about him, coming within touching distance, pulsing him with her sonar.  Patrick felt that she was genuinely trying to communicate.  He returns to Dominica to find this special whale he named “Dolores” so she can help him show us the hidden world of her species. The film follows his personal journey and explores the psychology of a man who has sacrificed everything in his single-minded quest to connect with and understand one of the biggest creatures in the ocean.

Patrick and the Whale

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

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Mark Fletcher

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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.

CREDITS

Director

Mark Fletcher


Producers

Wolfgang Knöpfler

Walter Köhler


Executive Producers

Dinah Czezik-Müller

Michael Frenschkowski

Alexander Nanau

James Reed


Composers

Matthew Atticus Berger

H. Scott Salinas

Cinematographers

Cecile Barats (Additional underwater photography)

Romain Barats (Additional underwater photography)

Patrick Dykstra, Underwater Cinematographer

Gail Jenkinson, Underwater Cinematographer

Justin Knöpfler (drone operator)

Rupert Murray, Director of Photography

Abdullatif Nurdin Hussein, Additional Cinematography


Sound Department

Richard Eastick, Sound Recordist

Günther Oberleitner, Foley Editor | Foley Recordist

Michael Plöderl, Re-recording Mixer

Thomas Voglreiter, Foley Artist

Bernhard Zorzi, Sound Designer


Editorial Department

Mark Fletcher, Editor

Lee Niederkofler, Colorist

Ellie Stiles, Assistant Editor

Philip Timm, On-line Editor

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