Nature’s Nickelodeons: A Multispecies Sensorium, by Dr Sarah Bezan

The following is a post by Dr Sarah Bezan, who is a Newton International Fellow at Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (2018-2020). The post was originally published on Sarah's website. *** Nature’s Nickelodeons: A Multispecies Sensorium In her exegesis of the nature documentary, film studies scholar Anat Pick argues that David Attenborough’s “palatial rendering of nature” exemplifies an expansionist ethos. Principles of scale and scope, particularly in feature films produced by the BBC, frequently expand and shrink their subjects: a larval glowworm wriggles inside a translucent casing beneath a magnified lens, migrating flocks…continue reading →