FULLY BOOKED Screening – The End of the Line

Screening Friday 10th July, 2009

Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act.

The End of the Line, the first major feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. Sundance took place in Park City, Utah, January 15-25, 2009.

In the film we see firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food.

It examines the imminent extinction of bluefin tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for sushi; the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish; and the profound implications of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass starvation.

Filmed over two years, The End of the Line follows the investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs, who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans.

One of his allies is the former tuna farmer turned whistleblower Roberto Mielgo – on the trail of those destroying the world’s magnificent bluefin tuna population.

Filmed across the world – from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market – featuring top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, The End of the Line is a wake-up call to the world.

For more info on the film and the issues please visit http://endoftheline.com


Directed by Rupert Murray

Rupert Murray directed and edited Unknown White Male (2005), which was nominated for awards at the Directors Guild of America Awards, the Grierson Awards and the British Independent Film Awards.

The film tells the story of a man’s struggle in coming to terms with amnesia. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on Channel 4 and Court TV.

Murray has recently directed a feature length documentary Olly and Suzi: Two of a Mind, a film about two artists who paint dangerous predators in the wild.


Charles Clover – Author of The End of the Line

Charles Clover is a journalist and author. He was Environment Editor of The Daily Telegraph, based in London, from 1988-2008 and still writes the Earthlog column for the paper.

He also conceived the Telegraph Earth website and developed it with a small, talented team of other journalists.

He has been elected national journalist of the year by the British Environment and Media Awards three times, in 1989, 1994 and 1996.

He was co-author with the Prince of Wales of Highgrove: Portrait of an Estate, (1993) a best-selling study of Prince Charles’s conversion to organic farming and gardening and a clarion call for sustainable farming.

His book The End of the Line: how over-fishing is changing the world and what we eat (Ebury 2004), has been described as the definitive book on over-fishing.

It won the Guild of Food Writers’ Derek Cooper Award for investigative food writing, an Andre Simon award for food writing and the Zoological Society of London’s BIOSIS award for communicating zoology.

So far it has been translated into Japanese, Dutch, German, Italian and French. The US edition was published in November 2006.