The Last Male on Earth + Q&A
In March 2018, Sudan died. He was the last male northern white rhinoceros left on earth. Floor van der Meulen’s precise, compelling debut feature depicts his last days, spent in protective custody under a constant watch of armed guards and surrounded by a coterie of keepers, journalists, salesmen and scientists, whilst tourists stand in line for photos and the chance to hear his story. At the centre of this human circus stands Sudan, weary but majestic, a grand monument to the true cost of our own rapacious greed and egotism. The Last Male on Earth is a moving, tragicomic countdown to extinction.
Action Pyramid | UK | 2018 | 7’
A short audio work recorded on the estuarine banks of London’s river Thames on an afternoon in autumn 2018. This piece looks to capture a human response to a rare sighting, exploring how such an event can bring a group of disparate people together, sharing a collective quest to glimpse what is usually deep below our line of vision. Produced, edited and mixed by Tom Fisher, 2018.
Followed by a Q&A with director Floor van der Meulen
Read an essay on The Last Male on Earth by Ben Nicholson
Floor van der Meulen, born in 1989 in the Netherlands, studied Audiovisual Design at the Rotterdam WdkA Art Academy and the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 2014, she made her international debut with her documentary Storming Paradise (50min). Her film 9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo (2015) was selected for International Film Festival Rotterdam, DOK Leipzig, won Best Short Film at the BFI Film Festival London. Her 45min drama In Exile (2016) was nominated for two ‘Dutch Oscars’ and won the award for Best Actress.