'The Cove' heads to U.K. via Vertigo

Dolphin documentary centers on Japan trade

LONDON -- U.K. indie distributor Vertigo Films has harpooned U.K. rights to dolphin-in-peril documentary "The Cove," in a deal with British-based international sales and finance company the Works International.

Vertigo plans to release the doc in U.K. theaters in the fall.

The documentary follows an elite team of adrenaline junkies, filmmakers and free divers as they embark on a covert mission to expose a shocking secret in a small fishing village in Japan.

Directed by Louie Psihoyos, co-founder of the Ocean Preservation Society, the film follows Richard O'Barry, an internationally recognized dolphin trainer, best known for his work on the 1960s TV series "Flipper," as the film exposes the truth about the international dolphin capture trade practiced in Taiji, Japan.

Vertigo Films chief Rupert Preston described the documentary as "one of the most powerful and moving stories" he had seen.