DOUBLE BILL: Planet of the Apes & Project Nim

Project Nim/Planet of the Apes by Susan Yan MachOriginal poster design // Susan Yan Mach
Prints // buy

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

Following a voyage in deep space, astronaut George Taylor (Charlton Heston) finds himself on a strange planet in the year 3978 AD, two millennia since leaving Earth. As he explores the arid surroundings, he discovers that this world is ruled by civilised talking apes who have enslaved a primitive race of mute humans. Soon hunted down and imprisoned, Taylor’s life lies in the hands of the sympathetic chimpanzee scientist Dr Zira (Kim Hunter), and her partner Cornelius (Roddy McDowall)…

“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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