Life in the Undergrowth: Supersocieties
Written by David Attenborough (2005; documentary; 51 minutes)
Nature: Sex, Lies, and Butterflies
Directed by Ann Johnson Prum (2018; documentary; 60 minutes; follows Life in the Undergrowth)
Both of these films explore the nature of the insects—bees, beetles, and butterflies—that Hunter and his contemporaries gathered from across the world to be pinned and investigated in drawers of specimens. Modern film affords audiences a glimpse into the complex societies and collaborations of these creatures around the globe—a stark contrast to the examination of their lifeless bodies in the eighteenth-century European naturalist’s collection.
This screening is part of Books, Bees, and Butterflies: A film series for William Hunter.
Each of the films in this series reflects some aspect of the life or world of the anatomist, physician, early obstetrician, and collector William Hunter (1718–1783). All screenings are free and take place in the Center’s Lecture Hall.