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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch + A short Film About Ice (12A)

12 October

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Exposing the earth’s fractured state, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch offers a cinematic meditation on the way human activity has reshaped the earth. This stunning follow-up to Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), witnesses a critical moment in geological history, and lays bare the gashes, wounds and irreparable marks of industrialisation and extraction, revealing how our mania for conquest has created a global epidemic.

Following nearly 10 years of research, the Anthropocene Working Group strongly argue that the Holocene Epoch has given way to the Anthropocene Epoch, assigning humans as the primary cause of significant lasting – and potentially irreversible – changes to the earth. From the harsh industrial landscapes in Siberia, to the towering white mountains of marble in Carrara, Italy, to the uneven plastic peaks of Dandora Landfill in Kenya, watch the aggressive extraction of the planet’s resources in astonishing scale and devastating beauty.

Our human presence is no silent entity. The dawn of Anthropocene is illustrated in our plastic imprints in the sediment; in the delicate creations of enlightened craftsmen, etched into marble surfaces and ivory tusks; in the unnatural depths tunneled through rock by masterminds of human design. Revealing obscure sites of human destruction, this timely documentary portrays the processes dominating and repurposing the earth for the material gains of humanity.

This screening will be accompanied by A Short Film About Ice, a film-poem documenting the journey of a cinematographer through the fragile landscapes of the Arctic. Winner of Best Climate Emergency Film AHRC Research In Film Awards 2020.

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  • Directors Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicolas de Pencier
  • Country Canada
  • Year of Production 2019
  • Language Various languages with English subtitles
  • Running Time 1h27m + 28m short
  • Certificate 12A - infrequent strong language

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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