Sunday, 13 September 2009

Darwin biopic "Creation" will not be shown in the US?

Creation, the movie that opened the Toronto International Film Festival was originally developed by the BBC and UK films council. So far, not even one US film distribution company has shown an interest in showing the production in that country. From here:

Creation, starring Paul Bettany, details Darwin's "struggle between faith and reason" as he wrote On The Origin of Species. It depicts him as a man who loses faith in God following the death of his beloved 10-year-old daughter, Annie. ...

It has been sold in almost every territory around the world, from Australia to Scandinavia. However, US distributors have resolutely passed on a film which will prove hugely divisive in a country where, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution. ...

The film has sparked fierce debate on US Christian websites, with a typical comment dismissing evolution as "a silly theory with a serious lack of evidence to support it despite over a century of trying".

Jeremy Thomas, the Oscar-winning producer of Creation, said he was astonished that such attitudes exist 150 years after 'On The Origin of Species' was published. "That's what we're up against. In 2009. It's amazing," he said.


Aren't those quaint 'Murricans and their "free speech for me but not for you" notions just too amusing?

3 comments:

CK said...

I read about that too. After watching the stupidities of the Tea-baggers as of late, I'm not surprised at anything anymore.
The US school systems still ban books, so of course they would ban this film.
We're talking about people who keep their kids home on the first day of school to shield them from 'socialist' (oh damn! Just said that S word again) messages of staying in school & working hard.

s said...

Let's see if anyone invites the Conservative Cabinet to the movie, and if they stay for the whole thing.

Torontonian said...

You think that's bad! How about the fact that the National Parks Service had to rewrite several handbooks for visitors to make the geology of the area conform to the Creationist view of the world!

In other words, Yellowstone National Park (for example) is no older than about 6000+ years.

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