Published on Oct 31, 2012
DOCUMENTARY TEASER 2
Frankenstein - A Modern Myth will be shown on
Wednesday 31 October 2012
11.10pm on Channel 4
also available on 4OD
From Boris Karloff to Mel Brooks, Frankenstein has fired the imagination of generations of artists who have created their own interpretation of this Gothic masterpiece. Written by 19 year-old Mary Shelley nearly 200 years ago, this was the first and greatest myth of the modern scientific age.
Frankenstein: A Modern Myth looks at some of these depictions, including Danny Boyle's sell-out hit at the National Theatre, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. The film throws a startlingly contemporary light on Mary Shelley's story of alienation and scientific hubris, and its enduring appeal for admirers like cult film director John Waters.
Danny Boyle: "I think it endures because we want to know who made us, and how far back does that process go? Does it go right the way back to God? Or just to the point of sexual union? Or is there something you can interfere with? That's why we're obsessed with it."
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A Lone Star Productions / National Theatre Co-Production
Commissioning Editor For Channel 4: Tabitha Jackson
Directed by Adam Low
Produced by Martin Rosenbaum
Editors: Anna Kziezopolska, Ollie Huddleston
Executive Producers for the National Theatre: David Sabel & Toby Coffey
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