Australia’s ABC Commercial has sold the 1 x 57-minute documentary Shark Girl, which tells the story of a young woman with a passion for saving sharks, to the Smithsonian Channel.
Shark Girl follows Madi Stewart, an 18-year-old woman who has spent the past four years on a mission to save sharks. At 14 years of age, she eschewed what some would call a “normal” way of life in favor of home schooling on a small boat in the Pacific. Since then, she has taken to the seas with a camera in hand to swim with and document every kind of shark on the Great Barrier Reef.
“Madi is a remarkable and charismatic young woman, with an extraordinary passion for saving sharks,” said David Royle, executive vice president for programming and production at the Smithsonian Channel in a statement. “She is quite fearless, and unbelievably determined. It is a wonder to see her diving among the reef sharks and hammerheads.”
The film is produced by Kaufmann Productions (Project Manta, Lizard Kings).