Streaming giant Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to “Tyke Elephant Outlaw,” an Australian-made documentary about an escaped circus elephant.
The film focuses on an animal which in 1994 broke away from captivity
in Honolulu and killed her trainer. In doing so, it sparked a debate
about the use of animals as entertainment, which recently resulted in a
change in the law in Hawaii.
The film last week had three performances at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
“Tyke” was directed and produced by leading Australian documentary
filmmakers Susan Lambert and Stefan Moore, and co-produced by Megan
McMurchy. It was produced with financial assistance from Screen
Australia, Screen NSW and Voiceless. It is distributed by ABC Commercial
and documentary specialist Dogwoof.
“Like the classic animal rebellion film ‘King Kong,’ Tyke is the
central protagonist in a tragic but redemptive drama that combines
trauma, outrage, insight and compassion,” said Lambert.
The film has been broadcast on the BBC Storyville strand, CBCs The
Passionate Eye in Canada and will be screened by DRTV in Denmark.
Netflix will give it a U.S. airing in December. Worldwide release will be in August, 2016.