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Fit to Survive?

The new short film by Helen Paris and Leslie Hill was broadcast on Channel 4 on 12th February 2009 to celebrate Darwin's 200th birthday as part of the Three Minute Wonder series.

It was also screened at the Natural History Museum as part of their Darwin200 event. It is now online along with seven other Darwin-inspired artist films at darwinoriginals.co.uk.

Ever since we heard about the continent of trash floating in the Pacific, we've been haunted by knowing it's out there. Darwin developed many of his ideas about evolution through observing biodiversity on Pacific islands, so when asked to make a short film for the Darwin anniversary we wanted to point out the grim irony and ask what species will be 'fit to survive' in the new environments we are creating.

The film is part of the Darwin Originals series commissioned by Artsadmin, DVDance and Channel 4, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

The films were screened at venues, museums and festivals in the UK and abroad throughout 2009 and were most recently shown at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and as part of a ‘R/Evolution’, the Digital Screen Exhibition programme at QUAD in Derby.