Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

The Last Male on Earth + Q&A

Location Curzon Soho, Director Floor van der Meulen, Country Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Duration 72, Previous Festivals & Awards CPH-DOX 2019, Date Event has passed

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.

UK Premiere

Screens with:
Sighting [Audio]
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