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This meditative, immersive film from Stuart A Staples and David Reeve is a tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering filmmaker F Percy Smith.
Smith worked in the early years of the 20th century, developing various cinematographer and micro-photographic techniques to capture nature's secrets in action
Minute Bodies is an interpretative edit that combines Smith's original footage with a new contemporary score to create 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 saw these micro-worlds for the first time.
Features a new score by tindersticks with Thomas Belhom and Christine Ott.
- Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
- A selection of films encapsulating the genius and art of F Percy Smith
The Birth of a Flower (F Percy Smith, 1910, 8 mins)
The Strength and Agility of Insects (F Percy Smith, 1911, 6 mins)
The Wonders of Harmonic Designing (1913, 3 mins)
Plants of the Underworld (1930, 11 mins)
Nature s Double Lifers Ferns and Fronds (Mary Field, 1932, 10 mins)
He Would a Wooing Go (Mary Field, 1936, 8 mins)
Lupins (Mary Field, 1936, 10 mins)
The Life Cycle of the Newt (Mary Field, 1942, 10 mins)
- Illustrated booklet with full film credits and essays by Bryony Dixon, Tim Boon, and Stuart A Staples