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January 26, 2017
Just by watching and listening to the trailer I am very excited about seeing this award winning documentary which educates people about the environmental issues and about the Indiginous people trying to save their land and their people. It also brings awareness of his charity missions of 'The White Feather Foundation." Kudos to Julian Lennon and all those involved with his production, the filming and humanitarian efforts that brings forth the focus of saving people and their unique culture.
February 26, 2012
I also admit an interest; an interest in compassion, healing and reconciliation. I was there, at arm?s length, watching the glorious beginnings of this wondrous project unfold. Le Marten doth protest too much! The Kindersley, as the film?s director, follows in the footsteps of Bunel, Fellini, Welles, and John Huston. He flourishes his cinematic canvas in broad vivid strokes of metatronic colors and humanity, enveloping us in time space mind reality with the whale dreamers (on land and in the sea). For that we are all grateful. Le Marten?s early disengagement from the all intensive, life consuming art that is filmmaking, may explain his confused gallmaufrey pic-lit-crit of his own film (a gift from him to us ? the global film audiences that will enjoy this film forever ? and our friends the whales).
My only concern is this: First and foremost, this film, while a classic in its genre, could have been a romantic comedy bromance ? two Etonians in search of love, adventure, and alternative realties through shared experiences with dolphins and whales (and dare I say? girls)! What we have instead is a sobering assessment of where Gaia stands (floats) at the beginning of the 21th Century. The Kindersely strongly inserts himself into the narrative and story setting, and we are gladdened for his guidance through the tricky waters of human cetacean reunification, and global indigenous rights.
While I have zero waited years for a forum to review this film, ala Le Marten, I have been haunted since I first read his pic-lit-crit of ?Whaledreamers,? some months back? You see I was there also, with The Kindersley, and Le Marten, on two continents and a mid-Pacific island chain. The denouement of these two brilliant film producers began nearly 10 years prior to Le Marten?s 2009 review here, during that time I witnessed very disconcerting behavior that overstepped the bounds of artistic integrity, but never did The Kindersley blink or waiver in his strength and conviction to see this masterpiece brought to the screen for us the audience, and for the ages? Whaledreamer?s stellar line up of talent from all walks of life, give us a glimpse into the rarified world that is The Kindersley. Le Marten, to his credit, has given the world a rarified gem of color rushing across the screen from the surface of the land and depths of the sea. As we watch, in awed, stunned silence, we hear the whales call to us, ?Come Home!? Ultimately, although this film involves one man?s journey to redemption (The Kindersley), albeit without his greatest friend in this life, (Le Marten ? left, at his request, on the cutting room floor), the film expands into the redemption of this small planet in time, with the help of our friends the whales. Although, Le Marten?s investment loss may have piled up on ?Whaledreamers,? the audience must thank him for his generous gift to art and humanity. Furthermore, Le Marten?s efforts to galvanize world opinion zero stops at ?Whaledreamer?s,? he has gone on in further arts and media projects to assist our friends in the Cetacean (I was also there ? Heart).! For all of this, we have Le Marten and The Kindersley to be thankful for. Can we now get on to healing our wounds, psyche, spirits, and sculpt towards saying ?Yes To Yummy,? forever? There? Ive?s said it, and I am complete.
½ January 13, 2011
Important, urgent and real but has it's shortcomings.
December 24, 2009
Interesting in parts, but I was rather disappointed in this documentary. It really doesn't focus on whales all that much, and I felt that the focus of the piece was too sporadic for me to really be engaged in it. I appreciate their efforts, but I don't feel that the message of the film was communicated as well as it could have been.
November 18, 2009
It was a joy to experience this movie and thank you to the creators of it. It shared many messages within it and is a blessing to watch.
November 18, 2009
Want to see this film!
Love Hilde k.
½ July 21, 2009
I admit an interest; I am the Executive Producer of Whaledreamers and have waited many years to find an outlet for my review.

First and foremost, the film contains so many deceits and lies that the truth is so hidden as to be invisible. I know this as the main instigator, a co-organiser and participant in the Gathering as well as the many journeys I made to all parts of the world to prepare thios project. You will find my name in small letters and my face occasionally in the film; this has always been contrary to my wishes as I wants nothing to appear: this is due to the hijacking of the story by the Kindersly for his own maniacal purposes (yes, he is maniacal, we shared the same analyst)

This film was always to be about whales, the Mirning, other tribal groups associated with whales and the essence of the Gathering. Instead it is a confused gallimaufrey of the Kindersly's fragile ego and desire to be the next dolphin messiah. The film you see now has been massively diluted of his voice, face and general interference. It has made little difference. The Kindersly has utterly failed to keep his word to anyone, particularly Julian and myself. I know there are others whom he has also ripped-off.

I would like to apologise to all those who may have expected an intelligent and meaningful incursion into a wonderful and magical world with relevance today; instead you have one man's ego wank. I was weak, I admit it; I failed to stop him running off with the whole project into which I invested some 500,000. I dread to think what poor Julian has said goodbye to.

The KIndersly remains wanted in both America and Australia. He is understood to be in hiding in Indonesia in case you also want to have words with him. However, I do know that like a dog, he always returns to his own vomit, so try and catch him in Byron Bay soon. Do not give this man any money, he is a consumate con-man.

There, I've said it. Thannk you for reading. If you want the true story. my email is above.
½ July 21, 2009
Putrid, ill-conceived, poorly directed, badly edited, insubstantial, implausible, confused, tiresome, under-researched, pointlessly divisive, vomitously sentimental, wince inducing, infuriating, hopelessly biased propagandist drivel of the trashiest, crappiest kind. A miasma of misinformation, a pathetic attempt to mislead the rational, and an insult to socially sensitive, ethical, moral, environmentally responsible humans everywhere. A tribute to the worst hazards and potential evils of the otherwise gloriously successful and invaluable medium of film. Some good shots of whales.
June 8, 2009
OK maybe purely as a movie it is not 5 star but it is SO well done, SO much TRUTH, this needs to be watched by everyone. Forget the 'starring' listed here. This is about us as a people. Watch it with a friend.
½ January 14, 2009
An amazing documentary about what we are doing to the earth, the whales in particular, and all of life in general, and how we can connect globally to make a difference. It allows you to witness a gathering of about 80 people--from completely different cultures in different places on the planet, who met for several days to connect spiritually, as their cultures are being eradicated by modern man's greed and abuse of our natural resources. If you refuse to understand or care about what we are doing to our earth, I do not recommend you watch this.
November 13, 2008
its fucking sucked. i only watched it coz i was forced by the school..
October 26, 2008
Not terribly impressed, too hokey and overdone. The score is irritating. I ust wasn't that moved. It goes to extreme. A lot of nut cases being to opinionated. An annoying film.
October 2, 2008
All I have to say is WOW! What a great film! This film is in limited release, so if it is playing in your area, make an effort to go. It truly makes you think about the past, where we are now, and where we're going in the future. You leave the film with a feeling of love & hope for the future if we all come together as a people & do something to change things for the better.
October 2, 2008
All I have to say is WOW! What a great film! This film is in limited release, so if it is playing in your area, make an effort to go. It truly makes you think about the past, where we are now, and where we're going in the future. You leave the film with a feeling of love & hope for the future if we all come together as a people & do something to change things for the better.
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