Film poster
Directed byChris Delforce
Written byChris Delforce
Produced byChris Delforce, Farm Transparency Project
Narrated byJoaquin Phoenix
Rooney Mara
Sadie Sink
Kat Von D
Edited byChris Delforce
Music byAsher Pope
Release dates
  • 29 March 2018 (2018-03-29) (Melbourne, Australia)
Running time
120 minutes

Dominion is a 2018 Australian documentary film that criticizes the practices of animal husbandry. It was written, directed, and produced by animal rights activist Chris Delforce.[1] According to the New York Times, Dominion primarily "claims to expose the routine and inhumane practices of animal agriculture in Australia."[2] The film uses shock tactics to portray abuse as typical for multiple industries in Australia, especially agricultural livestock.[3][4]

The film features narration by the actors Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara and Sadie Sink, as well as the singer Sia.[5] It premiered in Melbourne on 29 March 2018.[6] The documentary was managed by the animal protection and animal rights organisation, Farm Transparency Project, previously known as Aussie Farms. The movie was filmed to be a feature-length documentary sequel to Lucent (2014), which mostly focused on the Australian pig farming industry.[7] The documentary was produced as part of two crowdfunding campaigns that raised US$19,796[8] and €57,710,[9] respectively, and it received funding from the Australian animal rights organisation Voiceless.[10]

Guerrilla-style marketing for the film

The Australian Meat Industry Council Chief Executive, Patrick Hutchinson, has said, "What the film shows is not representative of the practices of the wider industry."[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Wimmera farmers concerned about "major animal activist event" on Monday". The Wimmera Mail-Times. 5 April 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2023.
  2. ^ Albeck-Ripka, Livia (10 April 2019). "Protests in Australia Pit Vegans Against Farmers". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 July 2023.
  3. ^ Alonso-Recarte, Claudia (20 January 2022). "Tiger King and the Exegesis of COVID-19 Media Coverage of Nonhuman Animals". Journalism and Media. 3 (1): 99–114. doi:10.3390/journalmedia3010008.
  4. ^ "What is the 'Dominion' documentary vegan protesters are promoting?". 8 April 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2023.
  5. ^ Pritchett, Liam (30 August 2019). "The Scariest Movie Ever Made Is a Vegan Documentary". Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  6. ^ Ettinger, Jill (26 March 2018). "Vegan Documentary 'Dominion' Starring Joaquin Phoenix Holds Sold-Out World Premiere This Week". Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  7. ^ a b Mitchell, Joely (4 April 2018). "Industry braces for documentary backlash". Queensland Country Life. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Dominion: the documentary follow-up to 2014's Lucent". Chuffed. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  9. ^ "DOMINION: A feature-length documentary". Indiegogo.
  10. ^ "Voiceless". Archived from the original on 15 February 2020. Retrieved 12 February 2020.