In the US, presumably the most advanced society in the West, there are no takers for a new film on Charles Darwin.
Actually Creation, directed by Jon Amiel, follows the British naturalist's 'struggle between faith and reason' as he wrote his 1859 book, On The Origin Of The Species.
It is an intelligent, touching depiction of a brilliant man sure of his scientific skills but tormented not only by remorse over the loss of a beloved child but also by the realization that he has lost his faith. Thoughtful and memorable, it will do well with grown-up audiences across the board, a critic said.
But apparently there are not too many grown-ups in the USA. For US distributors have turned down the film, fearing it could cause uproar in a country where Christian fundamentalists are running amok.
In a review of Darwin's Racists - Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow, a recently published book, Christian film review website Movieguide.org calls the real Charles Darwin: a racist, a bigot and 1800's naturalist whose legacy is mass murder. "This well written book shows that Adolf Hitler, along with other genocidal mass murderers, was influenced by Darwin's half-baked Theory of Evolution. This book exposes Darwin's Theory of Evolution for what it is: an elitist and racist dogma that has infiltrated our every area of culture thereby undermining sense and sensibility.
"DARWIN'S RACISTS succinctly covers, among other revealing topics, who Darwin was, his impact on the human race, evolution and naturalism, agnosticism, creation, Charles Darwin's family and friends, Darwin's sickness, the eugenics nightmare, Darwin's racists, frauds, and fakes, atrocities, crimes against humanity, cloning and genetic engineering, and the impact of Darwin's thought on our rights and freedoms today. "
The film consequently has no distributor in America. It has got a deal everywhere else in the world but in the US, and it's because of what the film is about. People have been saying this is the best film they've seen all year, yet nobody in the US has picked it up.
Jeremy Thomas, the Oscar-winning producer of Creation, said he was astonished that such attitudes exist 150 years after On The Origin of Species was published.
'That's what we're up against. In 2009. It's amazing,' he said.
'It is unbelievable to us that this is still a really hot potato in America. There's still a great belief that He made the world in six days.
'It's quite difficult for we in the UK to imagine religion in America. We live in a country which is no longer so religious. But in the US, outside of New York and LA, religion rules.
Toronto Festival director Piers Handling said in a statement:
"This intimate look at Darwin puts a human face on a man whose theory remains controversial to this day.
"The tension between faith and reason is prominent in contemporary culture, and this intimate look at Darwin puts a human face on a man whose theory remains controversial to this day".