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Opening Night
Valerie Taylor: Playing With Sharks

Australian Premiere | Australia | Documentary

Celebrate an encore screening of the Gold Coast Film Festival Opening Night film, Valerie Taylor: Playing With Sharks.

An illuminating and captivating documentary that shines the spotlight on Australian icon Valerie Taylor: pioneering marine conservationist and ocean explorer. Officially selected for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, Valerie Taylor: Playing with Sharks is a feature documentary from director Sally Aitken and producer Bettina Dalton.

The extraordinary life story of scuba diver, Valerie Taylor, a fearless marine protector whose knowledge of the oceans and personal up-close experience with sharks is unparalleled. This powerful and visually spectacular feature documentary draws on decades of amazing re-mastered film footage and interviews with world-famous faces. Valerie Taylor and her husband Ron became globally renowned marine conservationists, filmed live shark footage for Spielberg’s classic blockbuster Jaws and advocated for (and secured) a marine conservation park in Australia.

Interweaving interviews and insights from diving legends, scientists and the leading lady, Valerie Taylor, this breath-taking documentary assembles astonishing archival footage and pays tribute to an incredible woman and an extraordinary life.

Director: Sally Aitken
Cast: Valerie Taylor, Ron Taylor
Duration: 95 mins
Rating: Unclassified 15+
Country: Australia
Bechdel: Yes
Official selections: Sundance

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Monday 19 April, 6pm – Theatre 1, HOTA Home of the Arts

Tickets: $17 adults, $14 concession


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