Love & Legacy: The Rob Stewart Story airs Oct. 6 on CTV

By Alexandra Heilbron on October 2, 2018 | 4 Comments

Rob Stewart W5 special announcedCanada’s most-watched current affairs and documentary series, W5, has produced an hour-long documentary special titled Love & Legacy: The Rob Stewart Story, which explores the life and final work of award-winning filmmaker and conservationist, Rob Stewart.

Love & Legacy: The Rob Stewart Story will include exclusive interviews with Rob’s parents, sister, and best friend, who worked to complete his final exposé of the illegal shark fin industry, Sharkwater Extinction.

The Stewart family invited W5 host Kevin Newman to their home for their first in-depth interview since Rob’s tragic diving accident off the coast of the Florida Keys. Sandy and Brian Stewart talk about their son’s legacy, his devotion to sharks, and his passion for environmental issues. Newman also conducts an in-depth interview with Stewart’s close friend and diving partner, Brock Cahill, who was with Stewart on the day of his final dive.

Love & Legacy: The Rob Stewart Story also features behind-the-scenes footage of Sharkwater Extinction. The footage will provide viewers with an up-close and personal journey of the Stewart family’s mission to complete Rob’s final exposé on the illegal shark fin industry.

“I’m honoured to have interviewed the most important people in Rob Stewart’s life, who continue to work in his memory to advance Rob’s important cause, preserving the survival of shark species worldwide,” said Newman. “In addition to a preview of Sharkwater Extinction before its release, this compelling piece provides our viewers with a brand new and in-depth look into Rob’s extraordinary life and mission.”

Sharkwater Extinction is an action-packed film that takes audiences on Rob Stewart‘s journey to expose the corrupt pirate fishing trade and illegal shark fin industry, putting his life in danger to save the creatures he loved most. It opened to rave reviews following its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Sharkwater Extinction will then have its world television premiere in 2019 on The Movie Network (TMN) and Super Écran.

Love & Legacy: The Rob Stewart Story airs Saturday, Oct. 6 on CTV at 7 p.m. ET/PT, ahead of the Canadian theatrical release on Oct. 19 of Sharkwater Extinction.

Comments & Discussion

  1. CDubya • October 2, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

    CTV series W5 will air the 60-minute special Love & Legacy: The Rob Stewart Story on Oct. 6 to honor award-winning filmmaker and conservationist, Rob Stewart.
    Honour, not honor. We are Canadian and he is Canadian. In his death, I think it increased the awareness of oceanic conservation big time. Even if people see the movie just because it was his final work, it’s getting more and more people to watch and hopefully take stock in what we are doing to our planet.

  2. Rachel • October 4, 2018 @ 10:37 AM

    It sounds great, he was such a special person and deserves every bit of recognition. I’m marking this on my calendar so I remember to watch it/PVR it.

  3. Angela • October 4, 2018 @ 8:19 PM

    Love, love, love this man and his work! His first two movies were so inspiring. Definitely have to see this special and the new movie when it comes out.

  4. Patricia • October 7, 2018 @ 10:31 PM

    I watched it last night, this special was so moving. I wish his parents much strength, they are obviously still reeling from the loss of a child. I hope that once the movie comes out, that they find peace and can move on with their lives. They’ve done so much for their son, they are truly amazing parents. I know all parents want to do all they can for their children, but for Brian and Sandra to have completed the movie while dealing with their grief is an incredible accomplishment.

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