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Music - Tyler Newman
Written, directed, edited, filmed, narrated by Skyler Thomas
Additional footage courtesy of Andy Dellios and Jovin Lim
Volunteer camerawork in South Africa by Maarten Jozef Billen
Volunteer camerawork in Western Australia by Rohan Sibon
Director: Skyler Thomas
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Focusing on the Western Australian Government’s decision in January of 2014 to hunt and kill the white shark, a protected species in Australia, filmmaker Skyler Thomas visits Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand to learn more about the shark culling practices in each of those locations.
Interviewing scientists, politicians, surfers, and activists, Great White Lies thoroughly examines the history of shark culling and ultimately asks the question, “Is this really about human safety or is something else taking place here?”
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Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, Dr. Malcom Francis, Dr. Rachel Robins, Dr. Christopher Neff, Prof. Christopher Lowe, Professor Jessica Meeuwig
Chris Fallows and Michael Rutzen in South Africa and Andrew and Rodney Fox in Australia. David McGuire and Ocean Ramsey in the United States.
Senator Lynn MacLaren and Sen. Rachel Siewert in Western Australia. Councilman Lee Vandervis and Mayor Dave Eggers in New Zealand.
Jeff Hansen, managing director of Sea Shepherd Australia.
Sharnie Connell, leader of the New South Whales anti-cull movement.
Surfers, divers, and ordinary citizens who fought the cull.