Filmmakers need help to get Shark Wars documentary made

A GROUP of young filmmakers are seeking funding to get their shark documentary, Shark Wars, off the ground through online fundraising website Kickstarter.

The feature-length documentary will focus on Western Australia’s coastline including Mandurah and will look at eco-friendly alternatives to the controversial drum lines.

Western Australian-based marine scientist Amanda Elizabeth said she had always had a strong interest in sharks.

“They are quite elusive and we don’t know everything about them,” she said.

“What was going on in WA with drum lines made me want to investigate, everyone seemed to have a different opinion [on drum lines].”

Ms Elizabeth said through her research she discovered the overwhelming amount of other marine life that got caught using drum lines in places such as Queensland and South Africa.

“The documentary will highlight alternative technologies being developed here in our own backyard as well as overseas,” she said.

These include clever buoys, shark repellent, electronic cable in Cape Town and shark deterrent wetsuits.

The group, which includes celebrity shark attack survivor Paul De Gelder, aim to raise $10,000 to create a trailer that will hopefully lead to the documentary being picked up by a network.

To find out more information or to support the project go to kickstarter.com/projects/2023206342/shark-wars-a-documentary or sharkwars.com.au