'Sharkwater Extinction' Premieres Despite Filmmaker's Untimely Death

Rob Stewart spent over a decade campaigning to save sharks
Rob Stewart
Stewart's second film was completed by his family and friends, in his honor (Photo: Facebook)

Animal advocacy documentary Sharkwater Extinction premiered in Canada this week - despite the fact that filmmaker Rob Stewart died during production.

After the unfortunate loss, which was reportedly the result of a diving accident, Stewart's family carried on his legacy by finishing his work.


Sharkwater Extinction was Stewart's second film - a sequel to his 2006 documentary Sharkwater, during which he also had an accident which nearly cost him his life.

Both of Stewart's documentaries call attention to the plight of sharks, with a particular focus on the animals slaughtered en masse as part of the illegal shark finning industry.

The documentarian also makes a point of challenging the vilification of sharks that occurs in the media and modern society.


In the trailer for his first film, Stewart said: "You're under water and you see the thing you were taught your whole life to fear, and it doesn't want to hurt you, and it's the most beautiful thing you've ever seen.

"And your whole world changes."


Stewart's parents, Sandy and Brian, said they needed to guess their son's computer password - 'gratitude' - in order to access his files and execute his vision for the film.

Given the loss of their son, they said the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival was 'bittersweet'.

Stewart's mother Sandy added: "No one was like Rob. He was pretty unique. And his film style, his philosophy on the world was, you know, be a champion.

"I think the world has lost one."

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Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.

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