The Rule-Breakers: LEVIATHAN + Intro

PART OF The Rule-Breakers: Innovations in the Documentary Genre
Dir: Véréna Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor
France / United Kingdom / United States / 2012 / 87mins

Book Tickets

Date: Tue 8 December, 2015
Time: 15:45
Price: £5
There are currently no screenings of this film.

One of 2012's most anticipated documentaries, Leviathan takes us deep into the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Winning wide acclaim for its innovative and unprecedented approach to documentary making, this film (from the director of Sweetgrass, 2009) offers an utterly immersive cinematic experience.

Aboard a hulking Atlantic Ocean fishing trawler off the New England coast, the cycle of violent encounters of men, fish, birds and machines is captured in brutal yet beautiful detail. Flinging the viewer from the murky depths of the waters that once inspired Moby Dick, to a bird's eye view high above the ship's deck, this work is pervaded by an unforgettably visceral stream of camerawork.

A rare insight into one of mankind's oldest endeavours, Leviathan is an astonishing sensory experience that looks set to make its mark on filmmaking history.


The film will be introduced by Professor Ian Christie

Part of The Rule-Breakers, a new 10 week series at Bertha DocHouse featuring films that have influenced and developed the art of documentary and which continue to inspire us today. To see the rest of the programme click here.

"Life on the boat is life on the edge, and Leviathan, finally, is cinema on the edge. It shows us a world, ours but unrecognizable, as we've never seen it before."Slant Magazine

"Leviathan [...] delves into the thick of it, the camera merging with subjects living and dead, fashioning the natural world into the ultimate expressionistic accomplishment." - Indiewire

Best British Feature - Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013

Sevilla International Film Festival - Non-Fiction Eurodoc Award

Belfort International Film Festival - Grand Jury Award

CPH:DOX – New Vision Award

Locarno International Film Festival - Fipresci jury Award

Viennale - Standard Audience Award

New York Film Festival – Official Selection