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We Are The Walrus


This is a documentary about my journey to Alaska to video walruses. As well as gathering great footage of these terrific creatures in the wild, I speak to experts about the threats posed to them by climate change, and I also meet Native Americans who tell them about their traditional way of life. Much of this involves hunting walruses on a sustainable, subsistence basis.

Information for the Audience: 

Directors: Matthew Hynds

Writers: Matthew Hynds

Producers: Matthew Hynds

Key cast: Guy Merculief, Diane Okonek, Stephanie Sell, Chad Jay, Joel Garlich-Miller, Walter James Coppack, Rachel Kanooka


Director: Matthew Hynds

I graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2012, with a Distinction at MA level for Art & Design. Since then I have worked on a variety of projects, including the filming and editing of a documentary about walruses, currently entered for international film festivals. As well as a film maker I am a writer, painter and photographer. My work is very much based on the natural world, and a desire to celebrate, and preserve it.

Director’s Statement

Through my documentary - WE ARE THE WALRUS - I intend to inspire and educate people about walruses, and about a region of the world that is imperiled by climate change and industrial expansion. I also want to salute the wisdom and kindness of the Native American people that I met, and to acknowledge that we must listen to them, and live more closely in balance with the natural world, if we are to avert disaster.


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Information for theatres: 

student project: No
completion date: 2015-07-31
shooting format: HD video
aspect ratio: 16:9
film color: Color
first-time filmmaker: Yes

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