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Title Darwin's brave new world
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 162 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
Summary Darwin's Brave New World is the story of how four young voyagers to the Southern Hemisphere, Charles Darwin, Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley and Alfred Russel Wallace, revolutionized science and gave birth to an extraordinary theory about the evolution of life on earth. Darwin's voyage to the Southern Hemisphere in the 1830s changed him from a directionless rich kid bound for a career in the Church, into one of the most incendiary thinkers of our age. This five-year voyage stunned and stimulated the young Darwin; the biodiversity, the exoticism, even the brutality, of the Southern Hemisphere, was in staggering comparison to the England he had just left, and it laid the foundations of his very dangerous idea': evolution by means of natural selection. This series also explodes some myths. Received wisdom has it that Darwin had his, eureka' moment on the Galapagos Islands; nothing could be further from the truth. Some of his greatest insights into evolution and natural selection came during the final and often-ignored leg of his voyage to New Zealand, Australia and the Cocos-Keeling Islands. Back in England, Darwin turned his back on scientific orthodoxy to secretively work on his explosive theory. During this period, he destroyed his health, lost his faith and took himself to the brink of social ruin. His marriage to his devout cousin, Emma, was central to his life but also brought Darwin's struggle with his faith into painful focus. What emerges from this series is a portrait of Darwin as an ambitious and flawed man: one moment paranoid, bloody-minded and coolly manipulative; the next, courageous, compassionate and devoted. The drama features the people and the politics orbiting around Darwin as he moved cautiously towards publication of his masterpiece, On the Origin of Species. This series coincides with the 150th anniversary of its publication. The southern voyage was a transformative experience for anyone who undertook it. And so it was for Charles Darwin and three of the most important men in his life: Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley and Alfred Russel Wallace. All three made this journey to the southern lands and oceans and it was this shared experience, this bonding of the salt' as they called it, which created their lifelong friendship with Darwin and each other. Without his fellow circumnavigators', Darwin's revolutionary theory might never have seen the light of day. Driven by ambition, friendship, even hatred, Hooker, Huxley and Wallace helped Darwin to formulate his theory, defend him from attack and eventually win the bitter public war for evolution. Featuring a cast of Australian and Canadian actors and commentators such as controversial author and Oxford academic, Richard Dawkins, the renowned author and academic, Jared Diamond from the University of California at Los Angeles, the Canadian scientist and broadcaster, David Suzuki and Australian scholar and author, Iain McCalman, from the University of Sydney, this brilliant dramatised documentary tells the story of Charles Darwin's struggle to produce one of the greatest scientific theories of our age and the roles played by Hooker, Huxley and Wallace, Darwin's fellow voyagers to the Southern Hemisphere. It is a story of a group of young men who had a new and radical vision of the world and had the courage to pursue it. A Screen Australia National Documentary Program. A ScreenWorld and Ferns Productions production. Produced in association with the NSW Film and Television Office and the ABC with the assistance of the Canadian Television Fund and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Made in association with History Television (UK) and ZDF in co-operation with ARTE. An Australia, Canada Co-production. 2011 NFSA, ScreenWorld, Ferns Productions, NSW Film and Television Office. Executive Producer: Sue Clothier (Executive Producer, Australia), Mark Hamlyn (Executive Producer, Australia) W. Paterson Ferns (Executive Producer, Canada), Rupert Macnee (Executive Producer, Canada), Producer: Mike Bluett (Series Producer), Sally Regan (Producer, Australia), Andrew Ferns (Producer, Canada) Director: Lisa Matthews (drama), Jason Bourque (documentary). Writer: Katherine Thomson. DOP/Cinematographer: Pieter Stathis, Kim Miles. Narrator/Presenter: Wendy Hughes. Featured People: Professor Iain McCalman, Professor Richard Dawkins, Professor Jared Diamond, Professor Mike Clout, Professor Janet Browne, Professor James Moore, Professor Mike Archer, Professor Jerry Coyne, Professor David Suzuki, Professor Toby Bradshaw, Professor Michael Ruse, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Stephen Hopper. Principal Cast: Socratis Otto, Katie Fitchett, Joe Manning, Dan Spielman, Rick Jon Egan, Paul Gleeson, Anthony Simcoe, Paul Bertram, John Gregg, Matthew Waters, Simon Bossell, Simon Corfield
Notes Title from title frames
Event Originally produced by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 2009
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
Hooker, Joseph Dalton, 1817-1911.
Wallace, Alfred Russel, 1823-1913.
Huxley, Thomas Henry, 1825-1895.
Evolution (Biology)
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Clothier, Sue, producer
Hamlyn, Mark, producer
Ferns, W. Paterson, producer
Macnee, Rupert, producer
Bluett, Mike, producer
Regan, Sally, producer
Ferns, Andrew, producer
Matthews, Lisa, director
Bourque, Jason, 1972- director
Thomson, Katherine, 1955- screenwriter
Stathis, Pieter, cinematographer
Miles, Kim, cinematographer
Hughes, Wendy, narrator, presenter
McCalman, Iain, actor
Dawkins, Richard, 1941- actor
Diamond, Jared, actor
Clout, Mike, actor
Browne, Janet, actor
Moore, James, actor
Archer, Mike, actor
Coyne, Jerry, actor
Suzuki, David T., 1936- actor
Bradshaw, H. David, actor
Ruse, Michael, actor
Hoegh-Guldberg, Ove, actor
Hopper, Stephen, actor
Otto, Socratis, actor
Fitchett, Katie, actor
Manning, Joe, actor
Spielman, Dan, actor
Egan, Rick Jon, actor
Gleeson, Paul, actor
Simcoe, Anthony, actor
Bertram, Paul Benjamin, actor
Gregg, John, actor
Waters, Matthew, actor
Bossell, Simon, actor
Corfield, Simon, actor
Kanopy (Firm)