Christopher Quinn, United States, 2017, 94’
Based on the book by Jonathan Safron Foer this extraordinary film by Christopher Quinn paints a picture of an America dominated by factory farming, an illusion of countryside pockmarked by massive barns, holding up to ten thousand pigs at a time; chicken runs that are almost entirely automated – hundreds of thousands of birds processed like bolts, or motorcar tyres or other material. Quinn looks at the genetic mutation that has given the world fatter more compliant factory-friendly animals through selective breeding and chemical interventions. But it wasn’t always like this and archive takes us back to an era of a close partnership between farmers and the land. So where did it go wrong – the answer lies in a complex equation of money, population growth and scientific progression, but also in choices that we still have: just because one could breed a six-legged cow doesn’t mean one should.
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Christopher Quinn’s debut film, God Grew Tired of Us, emerged from Sundance in 2006 having garnered both Grand Jury Prize and the coveted Audience Award. Produced by Quinn and Brad Pitt and narrated by Nicole Kidman, the documentary chronicles the extraordinary journey of three Sudanese Lost Boys-men who arrived in the United States after a 15 year migration through their war-torn country. Soon after his documentary’s release, Christopher completed 21 Up America, a longitudinal portrait executive produced by Michael Apted. Christopher went on to receive the Emerging Talent Award by the International Documentary Association.
Director: Christopher Quinn
Producer: Christopher Quinn, Jonathan Safran, Natalie Portman
Camera: Mott Hupfel
Editor: Mary Lampson, Geoffrey Richman
Music: Daniel Hart
Saturday 21st July, 5.15pm, The Adam Room Cinema (Q&A)
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