Manufactured Landscapes DVD
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Directed by Jennifer Baichwal
Produced in 2006
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - Canadian Film
This is a documentary with dual subjects. Nominally a portrait of the Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky (and sharing its title with his book of the same name), Baichwal’s film is also about the subjects of his large-scale photographs – “the new landscapes of our time”; places where industrial activities scar and poison the earth, where raw materials from these sites are assembled into consumer goods of every description, and the places where the concomitant human detritus of every description is dumped and sometimes sorted for re-use. The photographs he produces – landscapes turned surreal through mining residues, ships being broken in Bangladesh, computer waste that resembles autumn leaves – reveal the paucity of our language for describing such troubling beauty.
The film doesn’t preach. Instead, it shows the world, says “this is how it is”, and leaves us to think – hard – about the networks and goods that allow us to be who we are.
Graeme Hobbs on 10th September 2008
Author of 298 reviews
Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky addresses the vast project of modern civilization and its devastating impact on the earth. Scenes such as immense Chinese dumping grounds, Bangladeshi shipyards, and manufacturing plants stretch across and beyond the frame. A visually stunning exploration of the human impact on planet Earth.
Length: 83 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic widescreen
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 22nd September 2008
Cat No: BFIVD782
- Discussion with Edward Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal
- Jennifer Baichwal talk at the BFI Southbank (May 2008)
- Interview with cinematographer Peter Mettler
- Stills gallery with commentary by Edward Burtynsky
- Additional scenes with director's commentary Illustrated booklet with essays and biographies.