Animal Kingdom: Three Films You Must See
This November, we're bringing you three films that explore the issues surrounding conservation of animals and endangered species. From the ivory trade and trophy hunting to an iconic conservationist, these films take you to the front line with those working to save our world's wildlife.
Dir: Kate Brooks
Conflict photographer Kate Brooks turns her lens from the war zones she is used to covering to a new kind of genocide - the killing of African Elephants and Rhinos- in this sweeping and sobering expose of an underreported crisis. As the single-digit population of Northern White Rhinoceros ticks closer to zero, The Last Animals investigates the current epidemic of highly effective poaching and trafficking syndicates, drawing startling connections between the illegal wildlife trade and international terrorism and border security. But all is not yet lost- at the same time, the film documents the heroic efforts of conservationists, park rangers, and scientists to protect these animals on the verge of extinction in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The result is a potent plea for worldwide attention and action to combat the permanent loss of these majestic creatures.
We will be joined by Kate Brooks and a distinguished panel on Wednesday 8th November for the London Premiere of the film. Book tickets now.
The film will also screen daily from Friday 10th November.
Dir: Shaul Schwarz & Christina Clusiau
Endangered African species like elephants, rhinos, and lions march closer to extinction each year. Their devastating decline is fueled by a global desire to consume and collect these majestic animals. Trophy investigates the powerhouse businesses of big game hunting, breeding, and wildlife conservation. Through the eyes of impassioned individuals who drive these industries, filmmakers Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau grapple with the complex consequences of imposing economic value on animals. What are the ethical implications of treating animals as commodities? Do breeding, farming, and hunting offer some of the few remaining options to conserve these species before it's too late? Trophy poses challenging questions as it digs deeper to examine the state of our planet and the conscience of humanity.
The film will screen daily from Friday 17th November.
Dir: Brett Morgen
Crafted from never-seen-before archive footage, award-winning filmmaker Brett Morgen tells the extraordinary and inspiring story of British primatologist Jane Goodall and the profound effect the animals she loved had on her life. In 1964, 26-year-old Goodall travelled to Tanzania on the first-ever mission to study chimpanzees in the wild and her work over the subsequent decades would open an unprecedented window into their lives. Morgen makes incredible use of over 100 hours of footage shot by Goodall’s future husband, the wildlife photographer Hugo van Lawick, transporting us into Goodall’s world of discovery, both as a scientist and as a woman and mother. Jane is an intimate and luminous portrait of a trailblazing woman who changed the way we understand the species closest to our own.
The film will screen daily from Friday 24th November.