Film Screening 16th August, 2006

Poster for Grizzly Man

Grizzly Man 

8:00 PM, 16th August, 2006

  • M
  • 104 mins
  • 2005
  • Werner Herzog
  • Werner Herzog
  • Werner Herzog, Timothy Treadwell

Legendary film-maker Werner Herzog (he of Aguirre: The Wrath of God fame from last semester) has turned his hand to documentary to give us Grizzly Man, a portrait of eccentric environmentalist Timothy Treadwell. Treadwell loves grizzly bears. Treadwell thinks he is the knight in shining armour for grizzlies, come to protect them from nasty humans. Treadwell actually feels he relates better to bears than most humans.And Treadwell was basically killed by the ones he loved so much.Dont worry, I haven't given away a major plot point here - this is revealed early in the movie. The film pieces together lots of Treadwell's footage to create a portrait of an obsessed man (apparently a favourite topic of Herzog's) who may have been a little blinded and misguided by his activism. Herzog's commentary throughout the film is not David Attenborough-like observation - he actually philosophises about the things he learns from the footage. I was particularly engaged by the theme of the intrinsic evil in nature, explored in the latter stages of the film.This documentary won many critics' awards in the US. I saw this at the Canberra Film Festival last year, not long after The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (shown last semester) and it makes an interesting companion piece.Still not convinced to come and see it? Then how about "Come and see a loony greenie get eaten by a bear!"(Please direct all complaints to the editor of this booklet.)[OK, I'll cop that, as I thought the idea of a loony greenie being eaten by a bear was too funny to take out of the review - Ed.]

Travis Cragg