Film showing will put North Devon in the spotlight

A SPECIAL film depicting life in North Devon in the mid 1800 s is being shown for one night only at the Ilfracombe Pavilion. Dennis Potter's 1976 BBC film Where Adam Stood" is being shown for one night only this Thursday (March 5). It is based on Edmun

A SPECIAL film depicting life in North Devon in the mid 1800's is being shown for one night only at the Ilfracombe Pavilion. Dennis Potter's 1976 BBC film "Where Adam Stood" is being shown for one night only this Thursday (March 5). It is based on Edmund Gosse's biography of his father, naturalist Philip Gosse, combined with Dennis Potter's own material, and looks at the relationship between a father and young son in Devon in the 1850s.The film is being shown as part of a project called "Vivarium" based at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon. The event is one of many to mark a wider Darwin 200 celebration, commemorating 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin.Philip Gosse and Darwin were contemporaries who respected one another as naturalists but were opposed in their interpretations - Gosse was a leading creationist.Artist Peter Stiles will be at the screening at the Landmark Pavilion, to discuss how Gosse has also inspired him. As part of the project, the artist will then be exhibiting his work at the Barnstaple museum later in the month.Portfolio holder for leisure and culture, Cllr Dave Butt, said: "This is an opportunity for local people to take part in events organised to celebrate Darwin 200 Year. "At the same time, we hope it will show how the area, in particular Ilfracombe, has inspired artists and writers over the years - and may even encourage future generations to follow in their footsteps."There will be more activities to mark Darwin 200 throughout the year.


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