ALIEN LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS
We haven't had documentaries at Hollywood Spy before but today you will have two because they are both magnificent! ALIEN WORLDS is a four episode documentary series which has just started over at Netflix narrated by
Sophie Okonedo. The stunning speculative nature series blends science fact and fiction to imagine alien life on other planets, applying the laws of life on Earth to the rest of the galaxy.
|Alien Worlds are streaming from December 2nd|
In the first episode they are on exoplanet Atlas, where dense gravity creates a thick atmosphere allowing airborne life forms to thrive — but also providing a lesson in adaptability. In the second episode ants, scorpions and fireflies provide clues for biologists to conjecture about life on exoplanet Janus, including highly adaptable pentapods. In the third episode twin stars create an oxygen-rich atmosphere
on Eden, where
a teeming biosphere may parallel seasonal cycles of predation and
reproduction on Earth. And in the final episode, a hyper advanced species
makes their home on doomed exoplanet Terra, which orbits an ageing star.
Now they must colonize another world, using robots.
|The four episode series mixes facts and fiction|
SHE IS RAISING HER PARENTS
There is also the documentary directorial debut of Matt Smukler WILD FLOWER, an inspiring story of his niece Christina Stahl, a high
school senior and classic overachiever who balances honours classes, sports activities and a full time job while also caring for both of her parents, Sheila and Mike, who suffer from brain injuries. Her mother was born with half of her brain not functioning; has an IQ of “about 59”; and can’t read, drive or handle money. Mike suffered his brain injury in a motorcycle accident when he was a teenager. As he reveals for Deadline, Smukler, who is married to young Sheila’s sister, had limited interaction with Christina’s parents and wasn’t fully aware of the responsibilities that she was shouldering. He knew that she was in charge of her parents' care to a degree, but didn’t realize that she was actually taking on responsibilities that make her their parent. Watch the trailer here.
|WildFlower aired on movie festivals this Autumn|