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Stevenson’s film to show at US festival

A Bermudian film-maker's documentary about the lives of humpback whales will be screened at a conservation film festival in New York.

Secret Lives of the Humpbacks, which details the role that Bermuda plays in the lives of the animals, will be shown at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in October.

Andrew Stevenson, who directed the film, said he was pleased to that the film had attracted overseas interest.

He added: “It feels good, after all the hard work put into making a film like this, that it can get some exposure outside of Bermuda.”

Secret Lives of the Humpbacks was the sequel to his 2010 documentary Where the Whales Sing and highlights the use of Bermuda waters by humpback whales.

The film suggested that the whales use the island as a rendezvous point between their feeding and breeding periods.

The film also displays the playfulness of the species, and their intelligence.

Mr Stevenson said: “I think the basic takeaway, is that you realise humans are not unique in this world, and that other animals are very intelligent, very caring, very sympathetic, and capable of love and play.”

Secret Lives of the Humpbacks was completed early this year and was screened at the Speciality Cinema in Hamilton four times soon after its release.

Mr Stevenson said that he submitted the film to the New York festival in June.

He added that the festival not only accepted his film in late August but had also invited him to hold a question-and-answer session.

Mr Stevenson said: “My film's all about conservation and the film festival specialises in conservation and education.

“Although it doesn't specialise in oceans it's exactly the same sort of philosophy that I've got, which is to use films to educate and to preserve our environment.”

The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival will run from October 17 to 24.

Mr Stevenson said that the festival had featured Where the Whales Sing almost ten years ago and that it had won a prize.

Humpbacks production crew: Andrew Stevenson, centre, with his daughters Somers, left, and Elsa, who narrated the film Secret Lives of the Humpbacks (Photograph supplied)

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Published September 19, 2019 at 9:00 am (Updated September 19, 2019 at 10:11 am)

Stevenson’s film to show at US festival

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