National Geographic Documentary Films has acquired worldwide rights to Sundance documentary Playing With Sharks.
Sally Aitken directed the WildBear Entertainment film, which chronicles the life of Australian conservationist and filmmaker Valerie Taylor.
Playing With Sharks follows Taylor from her days as a champion spear fisher in the 1950s to her work as passionate shark protector who also shot all the underwater scenes in Jaws.
Producer Bettina Dalton pitched the project during Sundance 2019 to Dogwoof, which became one of the film’s backers through its production fund TDog Productions.
Playing With Sharks is a WildBear Entertainment production, with principal production investment and development support from Screen Australia, and developed and financed with the assistance of Screen NSW.
Executive producers are Alan Erson for WildBear, Dogwoof CEO Anna Godas and Oli Harbottle for TDog, and Paul Wiegard for Madman Entertainment.
National Geographic Documentary Films negotiated deal with Dogwoof.