Saturday 22 June 2019

Deptford Cinema
39 Deptford Broadway, Deptford, London SE8 4PQ

7 – 9pm

Maeve Brennan,
Listening in the Dark

2018, United Kingdom, 43 minutes

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Human beings are horribly blind to the effect that they have on the natural environment. Yet all around us those repercussions reverberate. Maeve Brennan’s Listening in the Dark performs subtle but penetrating soundings of the extent of this man-made incursion on nature, initially by considering the nocturnal habits of bats, and how they are profoundly affected (sometimes terminally) by the presence of wind turbines located near their regular flight paths.

Like a bat out of the Holocene and in to the Anthropocene, Brennan’s film steers an agile, intuitive but increasingly troubled and disconcerted course through these fast-changing environmental conditions. Deftly darting from subject to subject rather than pursuing a linear trajectory, it draws from an array of different voices – ecologists, palaeontologists, chiropterologists (people devoted to the study and care of bats) – to examine the insidious ripple effects of humans’ interactions with nature.