Broken Tail

Directed by Colin Stafford–Johnson
  • Ireland
  • 80 minutes
  • 2010

A first for JDIFF, I am delighted to include a wonderful Irish produced nature documentary, a film focused on one of the rarest and most elusive animals - the Indian tiger. Colin Stafford Johnson spent almost 600 days filming Broken Tail and his family, one of the most flamboyant tiger cubs he’d ever seen in Rathambhore, one of India’s premier wild tiger preserves. He was the focus of Colin’s camera for the first few years of his life – then Broken Tail abandoned his sanctuary and disappeared into the Indian wilderness for nearly a year – he was three years old.

This fascinating documentary charts the obsession of a man who spent more time filming wild tigers than anyone on the planet, who obsessively searches for the one who broke his heart. Broken Tail is much more than a wildlife documentary – it’s a valentine to cat lovers everywhere.

Gráinne Humphreys, JDIFF