Dogwoof has acquired UK and foreign rights for Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s documentary Blackfish (pictured), which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah last month.
The distributor is scheduling a summer UK theatrical release for the film, which tells the story of Tilikum, a performing whale that killed several people while in captivity.
“For me, Blackfish is the first film since Grizzly Man to show just how nature can get revenge on man when pushed to its limits,” said Dogwoof CEO Anna Godas. “We are delighted to be working again with Submarine, handling this film consolidates Dogwoof’s position as a key player for documentary.”
The deal was brokered by Oli Harbottle and Vesna Cudic for Dogwoof, with David Koh of Submarine acting on behalf of the filmmakers.
The news comes after Magnolia and CNN united to acquire U.S. rights to the documentary during Sundance last month. The former will release the doc theatrically in the States, with the latter airing the first U.S. TV broadcast thereafter. Blackfish will continue its festival run at the True/False Film Fest, which kicks off in Missouri later this month.