DECEMBER: Nutty naturalists
- Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith
- The wondrous world of Jean Painlevé
Welcome to a meditative, immersive tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering filmmaker F. Percy Smith! The indomitable Smith worked in the early years of the 20th century, developing various cinematographic and micro-photographic techniques, determined to capture nature’s secrets in action. Working in a number of public roles, including the Royal Navy and British Instructional Films, Smith was prolific and driven, often directing several films simultaneously, apparently on a mission to explore and capture nature’s hidden terrains. Directed and scored by Tindersticks’ frontman Stuart A. Staples, this surprising debut is an interpretative edit that combines Smith’s original footage with a new contemporary score creating a hypnotic, alien yet familiar dreamscape that connects us to the sense of wonder Smith must have felt as he peered through his own lenses and seen these micro-worlds for the first time.