Dominion (2018 film)

Dominion is an Australian documentary released in 2018 by Chris Delforce. The film shows the many ways in which animals are regularly abused. A total of six facets are illuminated: farm animals, wild animals, companion animals, entertainment animals, fur animals, and animal experimentation.

Dominion
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Film poster
Directed byChris Delforce
Produced byChris Delforce
Narrated byJoaquin Phoenix
Rooney Mara
Sadie Sink
Sia
Kat Von D
Music byAsher Pope
Edited byChris Delforce
Release date
  • 29 March 2018 (2018-03-29) (Melbourne, Australia)
Running time
120 minutes
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish

The film mainly uses video from the free online animal rights resource Aussie Farms Repository,[1] which includes footage from hidden cameras and aerial drones.

SynopsisEdit

Dominion describes, in 18 clearly structured chapters, how different animal species are used and misused in different ways. The film is divided into segments covering different species: pigs, laying hens and meat chickens, turkeys, cows, sheep, goats, fish, rabbits, mink, foxes, dogs, horses, camels, mice, exotic animals, seals and dolphins, and a conclusion from the narrators.

ProductionEdit

The documentary was produced as part of two crowdfunding campaigns that raised $19,796[2] and €57,710,[3] respectively, and it received funding from the Australian animal rights organization Voiceless.[4]

 
Guerrilla style marketing for the film

The film features narration by the actors Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara and Sadie Sink, as well as the singer Sia.[5] It premiered in Melbourne on 29 March 2018.[6]

ReceptionEdit

Animal rights activists have said it is the most powerful documentary ever made.[7] It has been called the "New Earthlings,"[8] and has the joint support of many local animal rights groups.[9][10]

Animal rights activists participated in the temporary shutdown of a slaughterhouse in Benalla, Victoria, on 26 March, to coincide with the film's premiere in Melbourne.[11] On 8 April 2019, a series of protest actions were held across Australia to mark the one year anniversary of the film. Protests included the storming of abattoirs and the halting of traffic at Melbourne's busiest intersection during peak hour. Activists held signs promoting the website watchdominion.com where Dominion can be watched for free.[12]

The Australian Meat Industry Council Chief Executive, Patrick Hutchinson, has said, "What the film shows is not representative of the practices of the wider industry,"[13] and the National Farmers' Federations has commented that those who do not uphold animal welfare standards have no place in the industry.[14] Chris Delforce, the film's producer, responded by saying that these are typical lines the industry recycles after any revelation of abuse. [11]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gallery & Database". Aussie Farms Repository. Archived from the original on 30 March 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Dominion: the documentary follow-up to 2014's Lucent". Chuffed. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  3. ^ "DOMINION: A feature-length documentary". Indiegogo.
  4. ^ "Voiceless". Archived from the original on 15 February 2020. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  5. ^ Pritchett, Liam. "The Scariest Movie Ever Made Is a Vegan Documentary", LiveKindly.co, 30 August 2019, accessed 7 August 2020
  6. ^ Ettinger, Jill (26 March 2018). "Vegan Documentary 'Dominion' Starring Joaquin Phoenix Holds Sold-Out World Premiere This Week". Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  7. ^ Maria, Chiorando (26 March 2018). "Vegan Activist James Aspey Says 'Documentary Dominion Is One Of The Most Powerful Ever Created'". Plant Based News. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  8. ^ Lupica, Diana (8 November 2017). "This Movie Dubbed The 'New Earthlings' Is Set To Make Millions Of Vegans". Plant Based News. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  9. ^ Chiorando, Maria. "'Dominion' UK Premiere To Be Hosted By PBN And Surge Activism". Archived from the original on 8 August 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Vegan stars Joaquin Phoenix, Sia and Rooney Mara lift lid on animal exploitation". South China Morning Post. 29 August 2018. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  11. ^ a b "How 'Dominion' Documentary Challenges Animal Exploitation: An Interview With Director Chris Delforce". LAIKA Magazine. 30 May 2018. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Animal activists protest nationwide, storming abattoirs and halting traffic". ABC News. 8 April 2019. Archived from the original on 12 November 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  13. ^ Chiorando, Maria (11 April 2018). "Meat Industry 'Braced For Backlash' From Vegan Documentary 'Dominion'". Plant Based News. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  14. ^ Mitchell, Joely (4 April 2018). "Industry braces for documentary backlash". Queensland Country Life. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  15. ^ "July 2018 Winner". Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards. Archived from the original on 1 May 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.