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New Film About Darwin Finds U.S. Distributor

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"Creation," a movie that focuses on Charles Darwin's groundbreaking scientific work and his questions about religious faith, has found a U.S. distributor, after something of a wait.Darwin 2.JPG

The British-made film, which stars Paul Bettany as Darwin and Jennifer Connelly as his wife, Emma, will be distributed on this side of the pond by a company specializing in independent films, Newmarket. A story in the Hollywood Reporter has details. Landing a U.S. distributor potentially increases the biopic's reach into many more theaters. Newmarket has been involved in several notable films, the Reporter says, including "Memento" and "The Passion of the Christ." The film's inability to find a U.S. distributor was lamented by scientists, and by the film's own producer, Jeremy Thomas, who, according to the U.K.'s Telegraph, said he believed the delays were due to anticipated opposition from religious conservatives.

"It is unbelievable to us that this is still a really hot potato in America," Thomas is quoted as saying. "There's still a great belief that He made the world in six days. It's quite difficult for we in the UK to imagine religion in America. We live in a country which is no longer so religious. But in the US, outside of New York and LA, religion rules."

It looks as if filmmakers have cleared that hurdle now. In a statement, Newmarket officials said they were aware that the film might raise hackles about those who don't accept evolutionary theory, but they felt that "Creation" was too good to pass up:

"We at Newmarket pride ourselves in getting behind important films that help open the door for discussion and conversation, as is the case with 'Creation,' said Newmarket's Chris Ball. " While Darwin's name has come to symbolize one side of a debate between the scientific and the theological, 'Creation' depicts the man as the debate in total, with both sides contending, sometimes violently, within him. In that sense, we believe that the film will appeal to people of faith and people of science."

Photo of Bettany, as Darwin, for the film "Creation."

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Hooray! Thought that I might have to go to London to see this!

Of course, now I will have to think of another excuse for having to go to London.

A timely film given the 200th Anniversay of Charles Darwin. I am curious to see the film. He led quite an adventurous life!

LAlcott

Chris Ball states that "the film will appeal to people of faith and people of science", insinuating that people of faith are necessarily not people of science. It's hard to believe that there are still people who buy into so many of science's old "scientific claims" that were disproven long ago.

Theory- that is what Darwin hypothesized. All of his work has been taken as gospel truth when in fact none of it could hold up to factual evidence. Yet, science has put a lot of weight on his work. I agree with Jim D's comments- "science's old 'scientific claims'...were disproven long ago" but we continue to be fed erroneous information. It's no wonder you struggled to get support for this film. It's a shame that the UK has not figured out that teaching Darwinism is their own downfall. May we in the US not fall prey to faulty thinking and wrong idealogy.

Of course, the better film would be a documentary that takes a serious look at the way the scientific community (you know, those people who helped to eradicate smallpox, polio...who have given us the ability to look as deeply into this mysterious and beautiful universe as we have into a virus like HIV) has had to battle the pseudoscientific blatherings of those who oppose the teaching of evolutionary theory. That would sell millions in other countries. I'd label it a comedy, actually.

But futher, those people, like PatriotDA who use the term "Darwinism" to refer to the theory of evolution belie a deep seated hatred for the man and an ignorance of science in general. "Darwinism" confuses the man with the theory, as though Darwin himself were evil and his theory a type of devil-spawn. Such is a logical fallacy (as this film will hopefully point out) and a rhetorical trick on par with the worst of sophomore debaters.

Were such a documentary to be created, I'd also hope it would include an expose of Philip Johnson and how this University Law Professor's post-divorce religious conversion led to his creation of the Discovery Institute and their own "devil spawn", the Wedge Strategy--an systematic plant to drive the theory of evolution from our schools.

I, like Garreth, do not know what "Darwinism" is.

It would be fun to see an analysis of the Discovery Institute's "discoveries" though...

Diseases cured- 0
Physical phenomenon explained- 0
New scientific disciplines started-0
Predictions made- 0
Hypothesis verified- 0
Fundraising strategies validated- 1

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