Fathom (2021 film)

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Directed byDrew Xanthopoulos
Produced byMegan Gilbride
  • Michelle Fournet
  • Ellen Garland
CinematographyDrew Xanthopoulos
Edited byRobin Schwartz
Music byHanan Townshend
  • Sandbox Films
  • Impact Partners
  • Walking Upstream Pictures
  • Back Allie Entertainment
  • Hidden Candy
Distributed byApple TV+
Release dates
  • June 16, 2021 (2021-06-16) (Tribeca)
  • June 25, 2021 (2021-06-25) (United States)
Running time
87 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Fathom is a 2021 American documentary film, directed by Drew Xanthopoulos. It follows two researchers of humpback whales who study their communication and how it evolves across oceans and continents.

It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 16, 2021. It was released on June 25, 2021, by Apple TV+.


Dr. Michelle Fournet [Wikidata] and Dr. Ellen Garland [Wikidata], lead research on humpback whales in Alaska and French Polynesia, respectively, where they study the communication of the whales and how it evolves across oceans and continents.


In April 2021, Apple TV+ acquired worldwide distribution rights to the film, and set it for a June 25, 2021, release.[2] It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 16, 2021.[3] It also screened at AFI DOCS on June 23, 2021.[4][5]

Critical reception[edit]

Fathom holds a 50% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 16 reviews, with a weighted average of 7/10.[6] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 67 out of 100, based on eight critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]


  1. ^ "Fathom". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  2. ^ "Apple lands documentary feature "Fathom," a deep dive into two scientists' quest to communicate with humpback whales and unravel the mystery of why they sing, premiering globally Friday, June 25 on Apple TV+". Apple TV+. April 15, 2021. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  3. ^ "Announcing The Feature Film Lineup For Tribeca 2021". Tribeca Film Festival. April 20, 2021. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  4. ^ Saperstein, Pat (May 26, 2021). "AFI Docs Festival Slate Includes 'Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain'". Variety.
  5. ^ "Fathom". AFI Docs. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  6. ^ "Fathom (2021)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  7. ^ "Fathom Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved August 28, 2021.

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