HAR: Interest/Observation

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Dir. Wes Anderson. Touchstone Pictures. 2004.

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Dir. Wes Anderson. Touchstone Pictures. 2004. 150 150 Jessica Hannington

Animal Misunderstanding and Mystery in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou In The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (dir. Wes Anderson, 2004) Zissou, the famous oceanographer, tackles familial…

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Werckmeister Harmonies. Dir. Béla Tarr. Artificial Eye. 2000.

Werckmeister Harmonies. Dir. Béla Tarr. Artificial Eye. 2000. 150 150 Dan Williams

Béla Tarr’s Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), based on László Krasznahorkai’s 1989 novel The Melancholy of Resistance, sees the arrival of an enormous taxidermy whale in a small Hungarian town. Local postman…

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Gates of Heaven. Dir. Errol Morris. New Yorker Films. 1978.

Gates of Heaven. Dir. Errol Morris. New Yorker Films. 1978. 150 150 Christian Tuckell

Figure 1: The original cinematic release poster for Gates of Heaven. Eighty-Five minutes of predominantly medium close-up shots without narration with a focus, superficially at least, on the pet cemetery business. You…

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The Cove. Dir. Louie Psihoyos. Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions. 2009.

The Cove. Dir. Louie Psihoyos. Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions. 2009. 150 150 Chloe Bolton

Academy Award winning The Cove (2009) is a documentary film that follows a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, on their mission to expose the mistreatment of dolphins…

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Free Willy. Dir. Simon Wincer. Warner Bros. Family Entertainment. 1993.

Free Willy. Dir. Simon Wincer. Warner Bros. Family Entertainment. 1993. 150 150 Chloe Bolton

Famed for its CGI clip of a killer whale jumping over a wall into freedom, family film Free Willy follows a young boy’s transformation from “street kid” to animal activist after forming…

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How to Train Your Dragon. Dir. Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders. Paramount Pictures. 2010.

How to Train Your Dragon. Dir. Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders. Paramount Pictures. 2010. 150 150 Laura Reusswig

Dreamworks’s 2010 film How to Train Your Dragon tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking whose village is regularly attacked by dragons. Due to his physical weakness and lack of fighting skills…

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Grizzly Man. Dir. Werner Herzog. Lions Gate Films. 2005.

Grizzly Man. Dir. Werner Herzog. Lions Gate Films. 2005. 150 150 Emma Redley

Grizzly Man, Dir. Werner Herzog, (2005). Grizzly Man, directed by Werner Herzog, presents a mixture of actual footage collected from Timothy Treadwell’s archive as well as interviews with his friends…

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The Ugly Dachshund. Dir. Norman Toker . Walt Disney. 1966.

The Ugly Dachshund. Dir. Norman Toker . Walt Disney. 1966. 150 150 Katie Goody

The Ugly Dachshund (1966), adapted from the 1938 novel by Gladys Bonwyn Stern, begins as Mark Garrison (Dean Jones) frantically prepares to drive to the hospital. This tricks us in to…

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Creature Comforts (Series 1, Episode 1). Dir. Richard Goleszowski. ITV. 2003.

Creature Comforts (Series 1, Episode 1). Dir. Richard Goleszowski. ITV. 2003. 150 150 Jack Collier

Creature Comforts, the ITV series which started life as an Oscar-winning short film in 1989, might, at first glance, best be described as a documentary; its vox pop format providing…

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Into The Wild. Dir. Sean Penn. Paramount Vantage. 2007.

Into The Wild. Dir. Sean Penn. Paramount Vantage. 2007. 150 150 Shadia El-Mokdad

It’s 1992, and Christopher McCandless, reborn as Alexander Supertramp, embarks on a ‘rite of passage for a young man in search of meaning,’[1] escaping from the human world and into the Alaskan…

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