WWF ‘Astonish Me’ – Premieres in London

Cinema goers who visit Odeon screens from 29th of July will be in for a treat as the World Wide Fund for Nature show their short five minute film, ‘Astonish Me’, before the feature presentation. Using real images and special effects to highlight the discovery of new species from across the animal kingdom and therefore spreading the message that we must protect what we have or risk losing what we don’t even know yet.

Using rudimentary footage, single still images and mobile phone videos all skilfully animated to provide an amazing insight into some of the discoveries made in recent years, Astonish Me follows the journey of young boy into the darkest depths of the Natural History Museum after closing time and showcases some of the world’s lesser known or more recently discovered species, from giant insects, a fish with a transparent head, the never before seen colossal squid, and birds and frogs of every colour imaginable.

Written by acclaimed writer-director Stephen Poliakoff, directed by BAFTA award winning Charles Sturridge and starring Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton, this short film is sure to capture the imagination of anyone who watches it and should hopefully inspire a new generation to take up the cause of conservation.


WWF is one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations, with more than five million supporters and a global network active in more than one hundred countries. 2011 being its 50 year anniversary seems a great time to highlight the work they do across the globe to protect many different species and their habitats.


WWF – website
Astonish Me : Behind the scenes – Flickr Photos

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Matt is currently juggling a full time course in Moving image (BA) with working as a Nurse in London and also live VJing on the weekends with Pete. A movie fan since a young age, Matt has very varied taste from Hollywood blockbusters, indie films, asian cinema and also traditional animation and japanese anime. Matt works mainly on our A/V and film event coverage but also reviews films for Front Row.

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