Dominion (2018 film)

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Dominion
Dominion poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byChris Delforce
Produced byChris Delforce
Narrated byJoaquin Phoenix
Rooney Mara
Sadie Sink
Sia
Kat Von D
Music byAsher Pope
Edited byChris Delforce
Release date
  • March 29, 2018 (2018-03-29) (Melbourne, Australia)
Running time
120 minutes
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish

Dominion is an Australian documentary released in 2018 by Chris Delforce. The film shows the many ways in which animals are regularly misused. A total of six facets are illuminated: farm animals, wild animals, companion animals, entertainment animals, fur animals, and animal experimentation.

The film mainly uses video from the free online animal rights resource Aussie Farms Repository,[1] which includes footage from hidden cameras and aerial drones.

Synopsis[edit]

Dominion describes, in 18 clearly structured chapters, how different animal species are used and misused in different ways. The film is divided into segments covering different species: pigs, laying hens and meat chickens, turkeys, cows, sheep, goats, fish, rabbits, mink, foxes, dogs, horses, camels, mice, exotic animals, seals and dolphins, and a conclusion from the narrators.

Production[edit]

The documentary was produced as part of two crowdfunding campaigns that raised $19,796[2] and €57,710,[3] respectively, and it received funding from the Australian animal rights organization Voiceless.[4] The film features narration by the actors Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara and Sadie Sink, as well as the singer Sia. It premiered in Melbourne on March 29, 2018.[5]

Reception[edit]

Animal rights activists have said it is the most powerful documentary ever made.[6] It has been called the "New Earthlings,"[7] and has the joint support of many local animal rights groups.[8][9]

Animal rights activists participated in the temporary shutdown of a slaughterhouse in Benalla, Victoria, on March 26, to coincide with the film's premiere in Melbourne.[10] On 8 April 2019, a series of protest actions were held across Australia to mark the one year anniversary of the film. Protests included the storming of abattoirs and the halting of traffic at Melbourne's busiest intersection during peak hour. Activists held signs promoting the website watchdominion.com where Dominion can be watched for free.[11]

The Australian Meat Industry Council Chief Executive, Patrick Hutchinson, has said, "What the film shows is not representative of the practices of the wider industry,"[12] and the National Farmers' Federations has commented that those who do not uphold animal welfare standards have no place in the industry.[13] Chris Delforce, the film's producer, responded by saying that these are typical lines the industry recycles after any revelation of abuse. [10]

Awards[edit]

  • Accolade Global Film Competition: Award of Excellence - Special Mention 2018[14]
  • Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival: Best Documentary Feature 2018[15]
  • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2018[16]
    • Best Film
    • Best Trailer/Promo
    • Best Original Music Score
  • Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards 2018[17]
    • Best Film
    • Award of Excellence: Story
    • Award of Excellence: Trailer/Promo
    • Award of Excellence: Writing
    • Award of Excellence: Director
    • Award of Excellence: Music/Score
    • Award of Excellence: Narration
  • Festigious International Film Festival 2018[18]
    • Best Documentary Feature
    • Best Director

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gallery & Database". Aussie Farms Repository. Archived from the original on 2019-03-30. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  2. ^ "Dominion: the documentary follow-up to 2014's Lucent". Chuffed. Archived from the original on 2019-08-08. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  3. ^ "DOMINION: A feature-length documentary". Indiegogo.
  4. ^ "Voiceless". Archived from the original on 2020-02-15. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  5. ^ Ettinger, Jill (2018-03-26). "Vegan Documentary 'Dominion' Starring Joaquin Phoenix Holds Sold-Out World Premiere This Week". Archived from the original on 2019-04-11. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  6. ^ Maria, Chiorando (2018-03-26). "Vegan Activist James Aspey Says 'Documentary Dominion Is One Of The Most Powerful Ever Created'". Plant Based News. Archived from the original on 2019-08-08. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  7. ^ Lupica, Diana (2017-11-08). "This Movie Dubbed The 'New Earthlings' Is Set To Make Millions Of Vegans". Plant Based News. Archived from the original on 2019-08-08. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  8. ^ Chiorando, Maria. "'Dominion' UK Premiere To Be Hosted By PBN And Surge Activism". Archived from the original on 2019-08-08. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  9. ^ "Vegan stars Joaquin Phoenix, Sia and Rooney Mara lift lid on animal exploitation". South China Morning Post. August 29, 2018. Archived from the original on August 8, 2019. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  10. ^ a b "How 'Dominion' Documentary Challenges Animal Exploitation: An Interview With Director Chris Delforce". LAIKA Magazine. 2018-05-30. Archived from the original on 2019-08-08. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  11. ^ "Animal activists protest nationwide, storming abattoirs and halting traffic". ABC News. April 8, 2019. Archived from the original on November 12, 2019. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  12. ^ Chiorando, Maria (2018-04-11). "Meat Industry 'Braced For Backlash' From Vegan Documentary 'Dominion'". Plant Based News. Archived from the original on 2019-08-08. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  13. ^ Mitchell, Joely (April 4, 2018). "Industry braces for documentary backlash". Queensland Country Life. Archived from the original on August 8, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  14. ^ "Winners August 2018". Accolade Global Film Competition. Archived from the original on 2020-02-24. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  15. ^ "July 2018 Winner". Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2019-10-13. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  16. ^ "July 2018 Winner". Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards. Archived from the original on 2019-05-01. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  17. ^ "July 2018 Winners". Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2020-03-15.
  18. ^ "July 2018". Festigious. Archived from the original on 2019-08-24. Retrieved 2020-02-12.