Creation (aka Nature)

darwin12009: The Darwin bicentenary is upon us (12th February, 1809). 200 hundred years have passed since the birth of one of the world’s greatest thinkers. The man who radically changed our view of the planet and our place in it with his On the Origin of Species

I imagine he’d be terribly disappointed, if he were alive today, to discover that in supposedly enlightened times there are those who reject his wonderful theory and fight to have the teaching of it replaced with religiously inspired nonsense. Despite all of the progress mankind has made, the world is still full of cretins who would see us retreat into a medieval age. Thankfully, we atheists are finally getting organised.

I digress. Recently, having a poke around the Hanway Films site for goodies, I spotted a film I assume is currently in production. Starring married actors Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, “Creation (aka Nature)” is a Charles Darwin biopic.


Rather than attempting to offer a synopsis in my own clunky prose, I’ll let Hanway Films do the talking:

Part ghost story, part psychological thriller, part heart-wrenching love story CREATION is the story of Charles Darwin and the single most explosive idea in history. Darwin’s great, still controversial, book The Origin of Species depicts nature as a battleground. In CREATION the battleground is a man’s heart. Torn between his lovefor his deeply religious wife and his own growing belief in a world where God has no place, Darwin finds himself caught in a struggle between faith and reason, love and truth. This is not the grey-bearded old man that most people imagine when they think of Darwin. The Darwin we meet in CREATION is a young, vibrant father, husband and friend whose mental and physical health gradually buckles under the weight of guilt and grief for a lost child. Ultimately it is the ghost of Annie, his adored 10 year-old daughter who leads him out of darkness and helps him reconnect with his wife and family. Only then is he able to create the book that changed theworld. Told in a dazzling collage of scenes from the past and present, laced with stories of exotic animals and the dark dreams of a troubled mind CREATION is a film that will provoke, entertain and ultimately deeply move you.”

Enough said. I eagerly await the film’s theatrical release.

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