Movie about Darwin doesn’t have U.S. distributor
One of the crown jewels at the Toronto Film Festival this year was Creation, a movie depicting the life and struggles of Charles Darwin. The film focuses specifically on his family life, and the destruction of his faith with the death of his beloved daughter Annie. The film stars Paul Bettany (you might remember him as the albino monk in The DaVinci Code) and his real life smoking hot wife, Jennifer Connely. So far a bunch of countries have already picked it up except the big one: America
US distributors fear that the film is too controversial for American audiences, which is to say that they are worried any involvement in the film may end up costing them dearly. There are no companies willing to take the risk of pissing off hard core Christians who blame Darwin for the Holocaust, eugenics, and just about any other atrocity you can imagine. It’s never dawned on them this gentle and thoughtful man was one of the greatest minds in the history of our species.
I think that an online distributor should pick it up and offer the movie on the web. If you can’t play it in theatres, people should still have a right to be exposed to ideas, even if they aren’t popular among the uneducated. In any case, most of the people who would end up watching it belong to the Internet generation, and we’ll just end up downloading it anyway. Why not make it easy for us?