Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker


Between a jagged cliff face and a roaring ocean, lives a colony of Australian Sea Lions.  In an environment equally as harsh as it is beautiful, be immersed in a classic coming of age tale guided by one of Australia’s most unique, intelligent, and playful animals.  Take an intimate journey inside the colony where a life of great intimacy, tenderness, and clumsiness, must often give way to a life of great sacrifice and bravery.  Dive into the world of a rare Australian Sea Lion pup – and meet the people that are trying to save her species.

Film Information

Director(s): Amelia McCarten, Paul Phelan

Producer(s): David Gross, Sarah Beard

Narrator(s): Sam Neill

Release: 2020

Runtime(s): 44, 24

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Awards & Accolades

    • Winner – 2021 International Wildlife Film Festival – Children’s & Youth Film
    • Winner – 2020 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival – Best Ecosystem Film
    • Official Selection – 2021 Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam
    • Official Selection – 2021 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Other Credits

A K2 Studios Release of a Definition Studios Production

Director of Underwater Photography
Jonathan Shaw ACS

Original Concept by
Amelia McCarten

Dirk Holman

Directors of Photography
Cam Batten
Tim Nagle
Matty Ower

Additional Photography
David Gross
Amelia McCarten
Nick Robinson

Sound Design by
Pete Purcell

Paul Phelan

Line Producer
Sarah Beard

3D Post Producer
Hamish Mason

Original Music by
Michael Lira

Executive Producers
John Maynard
Andrew Mason

Executive Producers
Bernard Gross
Mark Kresser
Bob Kresser
Ed Capelle
Phil Hunt
Compton Ross

Associate Producer
Tom Harberd

Written by
Amelia McCarten & Paul Phelan

Directed by
Amelia McCarten & Paul Phelan

Produced by
David Gross & Sarah Beard

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