Astonish Me: A Beautiful Short Film About the Mysteries of Nature
What Harry Potter has to do with the enigmas of the natural world and the beauty of the unknown.
By Maria Popova
For all our intellectual inquiries and creative contemplation, our scientific progress and our technological innovation, nature remains largely an enigma, a relentlessly fascinating source of mystery. We often forget that, but the World Wildlife Fund, in celebration of its 50th anniversary, has teamed up with acclaimed British playwright Stephen Poliakoff and director Charles Sturridge to remind us of just that. Astonish Me is a beautiful short film about curiosity and wonder, nature’s lifeblood, showcasing some of the extraordinary species recently discovered around the world. It’s Harry Potter meets The Census for Marine Life meets Nabokov’s butterflies — a wondrous journey into the magic of the unknown that still surrounds us.
Every day we lose more of the natural world. And each time we find something new, we realize there’s so much more out there that we don’t know.”
Here’s a sneak peek of the astonishing making of Astonish Me:
via Open Culture
Published August 10, 2011