Shaked Berenson, Derek Lee Nixon, Pierre-André Rochat (executive), Amir Berenson (executive), Weston Richter (executive) for Mr. Puppy Productions, Daro Film Distribution/Entertainment Squad
directed by Mike Disa
starring Peter Woodward, Tyler Jade Nixon, Dionne Lea, Aaron Burrows, Bob Bledsoe, David Raizor, Annette Lovrien Duncan, Erica Weir, Dermeko Lewis, Tyrie Moss, Philip Lucas Sturup, Conrad Forbes, Keith R. Saunders, Margaret Hogan, Charles LaRoda, Rouén Robinson
story by Shaked Berenson, screenplay by Rolfe Kanefsky, Shaked Berenson, Mike Disa, music by Chase Horseman, Julien Believe
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Ever since the death of her parents 10 years ago, 14 year old Annabel
(Tyler Jade Nixon) has lived on an Caribbean island paradise with her
grandpa Jonah (Peter Woodward), where they make a meagre living from
fishing and doing tourist tours, having pretty much all the locals as
their extended family and dolphin Mitzy as their closest friend. Sure,
they have problems making ends meet, but they are happy. Enter Annabel's
filthy rich grandparents on her mother's side, Samuel (David Raizor) and
Sheryl (Annette Lovrien Duncan), who want to win custody of Annabel, and
they have lawyer Carbunkle (Bob Bledsoe) on their side who doesn't shy
away from dirty tricks to get his clients what they want. First he has a
new caseworker, Desaray (Dionne Lea), appointed to re-evaluate the custody
situation, and she's initially less than impressed by Jonah - until she's
pretty much forced to get to know him better because Annabel and her son
Mateo (Aaron Burrows) have become best friends, and she's totally taken by
Jonah's point of view. Next, Carbunkle has Jonah's fishing license
revoked, and offers restoration and a big pile of money for the girl, and
when that doesn't work, he steals Desaray's initial, unfavourable report
about Annabel's living conditions from her office and uses this as
evidence at the custody hearing. And thus, Samuel and Cheryl gain custody
of their granddaughter - only she's less than happy, runs away, steals a
boat to make good her escape ... but it runs out of power than catches
fire on high sea, with the radio not working. And with Samuel and Cheryl
and their lawyer having failed, it's up to the islanders and dolphin Mitzy
to save the girl ...
Now Dolphin Island certainly hasn't
set out to re-invent the genre, or does even strike high on the
originality chart, but it's hard not to like the positive message of the
film that clearly favours alternative lifestyles and a back-to-nature
stance over conformity, and really reinforces this message by beautiful
pictures of the actual island paradise it was filmed at. And the
directorial effort is suitably subtle and the performances very grounded
to make this really work despite the slightly predictable script.
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