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Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America'
A British film about Charles Darwin has failed to find a US distributor because his theory of evolution is too controversial for American audiences, according to its producer.
Creation, starring Paul Bettany, details Darwin's "struggle between faith and reason" as he wrote On The Origin of Species. It depicts him as a man who loses faith in God following the death of his beloved 10-year-old daughter, Annie.
The film was chosen to open the Toronto Film Festival and has its British premiere on Sunday. It has been sold in almost every territory around the world, from Australia to Scandinavia.
However, US distributors have resolutely passed on a film which will prove hugely divisive in a country where, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution., an influential site which reviews films from a Christian perspective, described Darwin as the father of eugenics and denounced him as "a racist, a bigot and an 1800s naturalist whose legacy is mass murder". His "half-baked theory" directly influenced Adolf Hitler and led to "atrocities, crimes against humanity, cloning and genetic engineering", the site stated.
The film has sparked fierce debate on US Christian websites, with a typical comment dismissing evolution as "a silly theory with a serious lack of evidence to support it despite over a century of trying".
Jeremy Thomas, the Oscar-winning producer of Creation, said he was astonished that such attitudes exist 150 years after On The Origin of Species was published.
"That's what we're up against. In 2009. It's amazing," he said.
"The film has no distributor in America. It has got a deal everywhere else in the world but in the US, and it's because of what the film is about. People have been saying this is the best film they've seen all year, yet nobody in the US has picked it up.
"It is unbelievable to us that this is still a really hot potato in America. 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.
"Charles Darwin is, I suppose, the hero of the film. But we tried to make the film in a very even-handed way. Darwin wasn't saying 'kill all religion', he never said such a thing, but he is a totem for people."
Creation was developed by BBC Films and the UK Film Council, and stars Bettany's real-life wife Jennifer Connelly as Darwin's deeply religious wife, Emma. It is based on the book, Annie's Box, by Darwin's great-great-grandson, Randal Keynes, and portrays the naturalist as a family man tormented by the death in 1851 of Annie, his favourite child. She is played in the film by 10-year-old newcomer Martha West, the daughter of The Wire star Dominic West.
Early reviews have raved about the film. The Hollywood Reporter said: "It would be a great shame if those with religious convictions spurned the film out of hand as they will find it even-handed and wise."
Mr Thomas, whose previous films include The Last Emperor and Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, said he hoped the reviews would help to secure a distributor. In the UK, special screenings have been set up for Christian groups

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Man that ticks me off!

I posted the trailer clip back in June, and had been wondering why there was no US release date scheduled.

I wonder how Darwin's Darkest Hour will do when it shows on PBS (Tuesday October 6th, 2009).
Thanks for posting this Elaine.

Oh, and don't forget to link.
That's horrible! I wanted to see this! They should just air it on BBC America if they can't get a distributor.
Thanks to Hemant for the link, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that a distributor has been found!
Indie distributor Newmarket is back on the acquisitions scene, picking up U.S. rights to Toronto International Film Festival opener "Creation."

Chris Ball's and Robert Fyvolent's company has sealed the deal for Jon Amiel's pic about the life of Charles Darwin, and will aim for a December release.
~facepalm America~
What are we, Iran?
Fucking amazing!
We just have to look for it in back alleys when December comes around. If you think about it, this way you can buy it right away without paying five extra dollars for the "new release" version from Blockbuster.
A couple interesting takes over on Opposing Views:

Charles Darwin Film Too Controversial for U.S. Theaters? written by Ken Ham.

Charles Darwin Film Finds Distributor, Will Be Seen in U.S. written by someone at the American Atheists group.
I saw Creation at the cinema in my home town in united kingdom and thought it was brilliant.
Surely all points of view should be shown on film and distributed to people who can make up their own minds on how to deal with this film. Paul Bettany was great, it just showed the man who was Charles Darwin and the struggles he endured for his own beliefs, and his love for his family. Surely we have progressed by now. The acting was supurb and well worth seeing.

On BBC tv.last night they had Nick Griffin of the BNP on question time, I did not agree at first to him being given the opportunity to spread his hatred but the amount of opposition to him was also shown, so what all the fuss about this film in the USA surely it will cause people to think for themselves, this is the fear that the religious have I believe.
Hitler burned books didnt he?


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