Lesley Chilcott

Visually beautiful portrait of the uncompromising eco-activist Paul Watson, who spent forty years protecting the ocean’s wildlife and its habitat. Even more than a tribute to the man, Watson is an urgent testament to the importance of the oceans for our world’s survival.

The oceans are the key to life on earth. If we don’t take care of them, humans will not be able to survive. That’s the intense conviction that drives Captain Paul Watson to dedicate himself completely to the environment. Guided by the man himself, Watson takes us through his extraordinary life. From his childhood, when he almost drowned by the hands of bullying children, to his days as a co-founder of Greenpeace and now as Executive Director of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Director Lesley Chilcott – who in an interview called Watson ‘a cross between a philosophy professor and an unruly pirate’ – combines visually stunning underwater photography of whales and other marine life with sometimes distressing footage of the cruelty inflicted by poachers, fishermen and whalers. Urgent, chilling, and with glimmers of hope.


Lesley Chilcott
Country of production
United States, Costa Rica, Tonga
99 minutes
Spoken language
English, French, Japanese, Spanish
Production company
Park Circus
World Sales
Participant Media