DOUBLE BILL: Planet of the Apes & Project Nim

Project Nim/Planet of the Apes by Susan Yan MachOriginal poster design: Susan Yan Mach (www.susanyanmach.com)
Prints available to buy here

James Marsh, UK 2011, 100mins, certificate 12

From the Oscar-winning team behind Man on Wire comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim’s extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature – and indeed our own – is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.

“A fascinating, unflinching and tragic documentary about the chimpanzee we tried to make human”
-Concrete Playground

“Gripping, heart-wrenching, powerful and a sad indictment of scientific practice, which shows that ‘human’ and ‘humane’ are all-too-often mutually exclusive”
-Empire

Franklin J. Schaffner, US 1968, 112mins, certificate PG

Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall star in this legendary science fiction masterpiece. Astronaut Taylor (Heston) crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist (McDowall). Winner of an honorary academy award for outstanding make-up achievement and nominated for two oscars (best costume design and best original score), Planet of the Apes is grand entertainment from its visually arresting beginning to the chilling last moment.

“As illuminatingly bleak a statement on human hubris as a Hollywood superproduction has given us”
-Time Out

“Seminal simian sci-fi that blends satire with the drive and pace of an adventure story”
-Film4

Where: Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, E1 4UJ
When: Friday 19th September 2014, 6:30pm (doors) / 7:30pm (start)
Tickets: £7 door, £5 advance via The Space Merchants
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