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“Shark Girl” headed to America

Australia's ABC Commercial has sold the documentary, which tells the story of a young woman with a passion for saving sharks, to the Smithsonian Channel.
February 26, 2013

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).

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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