|Tarzan of the Apes. Courtesy: British Film Institute|
Program of early silent films exploring the influence of Darwin's theory of evolution on cinema, and the widespread interest in visual representations of primates - our nearest neighbours.
Highlights include D.W. Griffith's 1912 work Man's Genesis: A Psychological Comedy Founded on Darwin's Theory of the Genesis of Man
and early special-effects pioneer Willis O'Brien's Creation
and The Dinosaur and the Missing Link
Also screening is Tarzan of the Apes
, the first ever Tarzan film and the one most faithful to Edgar Rice Burrough's 1914 novel, and Gorilla Hunt
, documenting adventurer Ben Burbridge's dramatic foray into Africa.