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Darwin film for bicentenary

A new film of Darwin's life is being planned with a proposed release date of 2009 to coincide with the bicentenary of his birth.

Portrait of Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Portrait of Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

The story is based on the book Annie's Box written by Darwin's great-great-grandson Randal Keynes. This biography is different from others in that it focuses on Darwin's personal life, detailing his role as a husband and a father within a large middle class Victorian family.

In particular the book reveals the pain and anguish he experienced on the death of his eldest daughter, Annie, at just ten years of age. The loss and grief he felt caused him to re-think his views on religion and immerse himself in developing his ideas about the process of evolution.

John Collee (Happy Feet) is working on the screenplay, and Jon Amiel (Sommersby) is set to direct the film, some of which will be filmed on location at Darwin's family home, Down House in Kent.

Randal Keynes said, 'Jon Amiel and John Collee have some exciting ideas for a very special treatment of Darwin among his family. It will be wonderful to sense the passion of his life in science through their production.'


‘There is grandeur in this view of life... from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.’ Charles Darwin