Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
The third collaboration between photographer-turned-filmmaker Edward Burtynsky and co-directors Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier is astonishing in scale and perspective. It traverses the globe from Kenya, where mounds of illegal elephant tusks are set alight, to colossal mining operations in Russia and Germany, and gaudy evaporation pools in Chile's Atacama Desert. The striking images demonstrate how humans are shaping our planet at an ever-increasing rate – hence the title, for this is the age in which human activity is the dominant influence on the environment. De Pencier's epic cinematography and Alicia Vikander's narration capture the immense power and terrible beauty of our endeavours: this really is a film for the big screen.