Previously at the ICA - Films
25 Jul 2014 – 7 Aug 2014
★★★★ 'A darkly amusing historical documentary about the fruitless search for paradise'.
- New York Times
Director Q&A: Fri 25 July, 6.15pm
Directors Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller join us via Skype for a Q&A, alongside a panel at the ICA including Randal Keynes and David Horwell.
Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press sensationalises the exploits of the Galapagos’ 'Adam and Eve', others flock there—including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers.
Clashing personalities are aggravated by the island community’s lusty free-love ethos, and when some of the islanders disappear, suspicions of murder hang in the air leaving an unsolved mystery which remains the subject of local lore today.
The Galapagos Affair directors Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (via Skype); Randal Keynes, British conservationist, author and great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin; naturalist and Galapagos Islands expert David Horwell.
David Horwell followed Darwin's footsteps and lived and worked for a couple of years as a naturalist guide on small sailing yachts in the Galapagos during the late 1970s. At that time tourism was just taking off and the inhabitants were a fraction of today's booming population. He has written two books on the archipelago and still leads tour groups there.
The Galapagos Affair, dirs. Dayna Goldfine, Dan Geller, US 2013, 120 mins, cert. TBC
The ICA Cinema is now completely ad-free. Please note the feature will start following a selection of trailers and information relevant to the ICA programme. All films are 18+ unless otherwise stated.