RR Films: Nature

Alongside the discovery that clams in the Baltic Sea are belching out methane like cows and the evidence that CO2 in the atmosphere in 2016 rose to a level not seen in 800,000 years, David Attenborough shows us more of nature’s wonders on TV. At least we’ll have a documentary record for future generations, if not the actual wonders themselves….

I was going to make this week about climate change but I had difficulty finding enough that weren’t simply depressing documentaries, so we’ll broaden it out to nature in general to allow in some more uplifting, even celebratory, films. Having said that, I’ll go for a climate-related one, Beasts of the Southern Wild. It’s a tad overdone but still has some wonderful visuals and a fantastic child lead played by QuvenzhanĂ© Wallis.

What films celebrating/hating/being desperately concerned about nature would you recommend?

9 thoughts on “RR Films: Nature

  1. March Of The Penguins is all I can think of now. There must be at least one or two documentaries though that aren’t depressing. Anyone?

  2. I am trying to think of a fictional or narrative film where the natural setting is the overwhelmingly biggest influence on the action, rather than a documentary.

    The best I can come up with is the 1948 Scott of the Antarctic, mainly because of the fantastic soundtrack music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, although the unremitting harshness of the environment does play a major role.

  3. A surprisingly difficult topic and quite difficult to define really but I would go with “Koyaanisquatsi/Life Out of Balance” which is basically a series of slow motion airborne shots of cities and natural landscapes across the US, with no narration or dialogue. It doesn’t sound like much but is surprisingly emotional with a great score by Philip Glass. Well worth a watch. Just found out it is all available on youtube too !!

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