It used to be the case that the only way we’d watch a documentary in the past was if we were unwillingly dragged there on a school excursion. Once you’ve finished school though, those trips to the IMAX theatre for the latest David Attenborough or climate change documentary became far more sparse, until they were almost non-existent. Who could blame us though, really? When you’ve got the latest Avengers to contend with, it’s safe to say that documentaries rarely proved the more alluring.
In recent years however, thanks to the likes of streaming giants like Netflix and Stan, documentaries have become the latest craze in entertainment. Aside from diving deep into a subject matter that will always prove an interesting topic of conversation at your next dinner party, the convenience of sinking into something from the comfort of our own homes mean we’re more willing than ever to watch the latest offerings when it’s already included in our subscription. From The Game Changers to Icarus, these documentaries have shed light on everything from vegan diets, performance-enhancing drugs in sport and even the legendary Tiger King. Now, the latest documentary taking the world by storm is Seaspiracy, a documentary proceed by Cowspiracy’s Kip Andersen.
The documentary sheds light on the ‘war being waged’ on the world’s oceans. In the 48 hours of Seaspiracy making its Netflix debut, it ranked in the top ten in the United States, United Kingdom and 30 other countries. It prompted filmmakers Ali and Lucy Tabrizi to express their gratitude on Instagram, saying: “It’s given us a lot of hope and faith to see people are ready for the truth about what it takes to save our oceans.”
Countless celebrities have been quick to jump on the Seaspiracy bandwagon. Just recently, Ruby Rose took to her Instagram account to urge her 16.1 million followers to watch the documentary. In her post, she wrote: “Watch Seaspiracy on Netflix. It’s heartbreaking and I’ve shown you a taste because I didn’t want to show graphic images. But, please watch it.”
Made In Chelsea star Lucy Watson also Tweeted about the documentary, saying: “Regardless of being vegan or not…It’s a concern for everyone that the oceans are protected. In order for them to thrive, serious changes need to be made. Eating fish is not and cannot be sustainable.”
She went on to add: “Every time you eat fish you’re likely killing many other sea creatures such as dolphins, turtles and whales. It’s the harsh reality and we as consumers can make a difference.”