Collection / Works / Origin of the Species by Ben Rivers

16mm film, UK, 2008
16 minutes Colour, 4:3, Optical
Available formats: 16mm, BluRay, Film, HD Digital file, HD Video, HDCAM

Themes / Nature / Animals /
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A film begun as a portrait of S, a 75 year old man living in a remote part of Inverness-shire. S has been obsessed with Darwin's works for much of his life. Since a child he has wondered at life on Earth and, though he never became an academic, found in Darwin many answers to his questions. The film images concentrate on the mysterious geography of his world; his garden - from the microcosmic to the grand; the contraptions and inventions he's made; his isolated patch of land where he has built his house after a life of travelling and working around the world. The soundtrack has S heard discussing his take on life on Earth and humans place upon it. The film attempts to span from the beginnings of the world up to an uncertain future.