Manufactured Landscapes (2006) © Foundry Films
Manufactured Landscapes (2006) © Foundry Films
Manufactured Landscapes (2006) © Foundry Films

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Manufactured Landscapes

Jennifer Baichwal | Canada | 2006 | G

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Sat 27 Jan - Sat 3 Feb 2024

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Acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky captures the otherworldly evidence and effects of China's massive, modern industrial revolution.

An extraordinarily haunting, beautiful, insightful, touching and thought-provoking movie.

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Renowned for his photographs of human-affected landscapes – quarries, factories, mines and dams – Edward Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilisation's waste and debris. Director Jennifer Baichwal extends the narratives of Burtynsky's photographs, allowing us to witness the massive scale of human industrial endeavour and consider our impact on the planet.

Curator's Note

An eye-opening, eight-minute tracking shot across a 480-metre-long factory floor sets the scene for a journey through industry in a rapidly urbanised China, and beyond.

Cinematographer Peter Mettler's lens is in lockstep with Burtynsky's photographic journey, and together they capture the enormity of industrial and infrastructure projects and their mindblowing impact in redrawing the landscape.

Manufactured Landscapes premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Following the film, director and subject embarked on two other films as co-directors, expanding further on man-made interventions on the natural world. Watermark (2013) and Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018) complete the trilogy.

Format: Digital
Language: English, Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles
Source: Madman Entertainment
Courtesy: Madman Entertainment
Runtime: 86 mins

Event duration

86 mins




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