In Brant Backlund’s new documentary, “Huntwatch,” Canadian seal hunting — an issue steeped in both history and controversy — is given an even-handed approach, much of it guided by the dulcet tones of narrator (and actual Canadian) Ryan Reynolds. Although Backlund’s film specifically focuses on the activist Brian Davies, the film presents a wide view on the subject, both informative and entertaining.
The film’s official synopsis reads: “In Canada, seal hunting was historically considered to be a respectable job until people witnessed the graphic images of the practice for themselves on television. Angry and committed to save the seals, Brian Davies, a charismatic young activist, sets out on a crusade that becomes his life’s mission. Using the power of cinematography, celebrity and science, Davies’ exposes the cruelty of the hunt while making audiences fall in love with these graceful, vulnerable creatures, as explored in the rousing ‘Huntwatch.'”
In our exclusive clip above, Reynolds shares some of the process behind his narrative duties, along with additional commentary on why he thinks “Huntwatch” is so special. The clip provides a sneak peek at the look and feel of the film, along with a taste of Reynolds’ narrative talents.
“Huntwatch” will have its world premiere at DOC NYC on Saturday, November 14.