Screened as part of NZIFF 2008
The spectacular giant screen spin-off from the BBC’s Planet Earth series, Earth doesn’t stint on nature’s sideshows (priceless footage of baboons or birds of paradise), but concentrates and expands on astoundingly close coverage of three creatures and their young offspring: polar bear, elephant and humpback whale. The hardships posed to their migratory existence by a changing planet are distressingly clear, but it’s the medium, not the sadly familiar message, that will amaze as this new apogee of nature cinematography floods the Civic screen. — BG.
"As you might expect of the BBC’s Natural History Unit, the high-definition imagery is simply matchless. Whether it’s a crisp aerial shot of a wolf taking down a caribou, night footage of lions tackling an elephant, or slow-mo film of a great white shark leaping out of the water, there isn’t a moment that doesn’t fill one with awe.” — Derek Adams, Time Out