Jaws + panel discussion


Wed Feb 28 2024 at 06:00 pm


NFSA - National Film and Sound Archive of Australia | Canberra, CT

Billed as ‘The terrifying motion picture from the terrifying No. 1 bestseller’, Jaws has indelibly shaped the way many of us view sharks.
The great white from Steven Spielberg’s early masterpiece has become one of the most enduring and frightening villains in thriller history. To escape this one, ‘…you’re gonna need a bigger boat’.
However, sharks don’t deserve this vicious reputation. Both Spielberg and Peter Benchley, author of the 1974 book, have expressed regret for the negative impact of these works of popular culture on shark numbers, which plummeted due to fishing for sport in the years after their release.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, more than a third of all shark species and approximately 75% of oceanic shark species face the threat of extinction.
Join us after the movie for an insightful panel discussion exploring the extent to which this film has influenced public perception of sharks, and what it shows us about the cultural power of popular films.
‘One of the most effective thrillers ever made’ – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Where is it happening?

NFSA - National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton,Canberra,ACT,Australia

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