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Bluefin is a tale set in “the tuna capital of the world,” North Lake, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Director John Hopkins explores the mystery of why normally wary bluefin tuna no longer fear humans. These relentlessly hunted and “endangered” giant, some exceeding one thousand pounds, are now swarming fishing boats in great numbers after a long disappearance from overfishing decades earlier. Precariously like pets, these tuna have taken to eating right out of fishermen’s hands. One thing is certain, this sudden and mysterious abundance of tuna in Canadian waters frustratingly for fishermen flies in the face of scientific assessments stocks are critically down by 90 percent. An inevitable clash of perceptions about what is happening in North Lake ensues. With breathtaking cinematography, Bluefin documents an extraordinary and persecuted ocean animal caught between the addictive thrill of the hunt and our fear of their extinction.

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  • writer
    John Hopkins
  • director
    John Hopkins
  • editor
    Denis Takacs
  • story editor
    Peter Starr
  • director of photography
    John Hopkins
  • sound design
    Alex Salter
  • original music
    Robert Marcel Lepage
  • slow-motion cinematography
    Christopher Ball
    John Hopkins
  • underwater cinematography
    Christopher Ball
    Chris Harvey-Clark
    Robert Guertin
  • additional camera
    Christopher Ball
    Richard Furlong
    Dany Lavoie
    Nigel Markham
    Alastair Meux
    Adam Perry
  • sound recordist
    Georges Hannan
    Aram Kouyoumdjian
    Luke Leunes
    Alex Salter
  • 1st assistant camera
    Susan Rodgers
    William Harrington
  • additional editing
    John Hopkins
    Peter Giffen
  • underwater stills
    Brian Skerry
  • production manager
    April Ennis
  • production assistant
    Connie Littlefield
  • fixer
    Tetsuro Shimmatsu
  • researcher
    Elizabeth Klinck
  • PEI fisheries consultant
    Patrick O'Neill
  • production supervisor
    Roz Power
  • technical coordinator
    Chris MacIntosh
  • transcription
    Lisa Clarke
    Michelle McStay
  • music editing
    Nicolas Borycki
  • music arrangement
    Nicolas Borycki
  • musician
    Olivier Thouin
    Marianne Dugal
    Robert Marcel Lepage
    Sofia Gentile
    Sylvain Murray
    Yannick Chênevert
  • music recordist
    Luc Léger
  • music mixer
    Luc Léger
  • music recording assistant
    Padraig Buttner-Schnirer
  • re-recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • picture finishing
    902 Post Inc.
  • online editor
    Doug Woods
  • colourist
    Doug Woods
  • assistant on-line editor
    Robert Carrigan
  • production coordinator
    Stephanie Coolen
    Sarah Gignac
    Vanessa Larsen
  • senior production coordinator
    Kelly Davis
  • program administrator
    John William Lutz
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
  • marketing manager
    Melissa Wheeler
  • publicist
    Pat Dillon
  • business affairs
    Dominique Aubry
    Stéphanie L'Écuyer
  • producer
    Annette Clarke
    Paul McNeill
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke
    Ravida Din

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  • DocumentaryNews

    Raindance names John Hopkins' stunning documentary Bluefin as one of the ***top five*** documentaries made within the last decade that best showcase these environmental issues." - June 5th, 2018

    DocumentaryNews, 6 Dec 2018
  • DocumentaryNews

    "This is an important story about greed and shortsightedness that are driving one of the ocean's most magnificent animals to extinction.  But bluefin tuna have surprised us in Canada, offering us a chance to save this charismatic creature if we care enough.”   - David Suzuki

    DocumentaryNews, 1 Mar 2017
  • Lovedocs

    Winner! 2017 San Francisco International Ocean Festival Wildlife Award. Winner! Lunenberg DocFest Best Atlantic Filmmaker Award - John Hopkins, Bluefin

    Lovedocs, 24 Feb 2017
  • Lovedocs

    Santa Barbara Independent SBIFF Staff Pick: Bluefin: Bluefin tuna have been fished to the brink of extinction, but in eastern Canada, there is a place where many locals believe this mighty fish is as strong and healthy as ever. This doc will make you wonder out loud about the human condition. (Also in Social Justice.)

    Lovedocs, 24 Feb 2017
  • Lovedocs

    Andru Branch 10 November 2016 Bluefin Documentary by John Hopkins   One of the most beautifully shot documentaries I have ever seen, and such an important portrait of an endangered species. Congratulations to John Hopkins. The cinematography is stunning. I highly recommend this powerful film. *****

    Lovedocs, 4 Jan 2017