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Project Nim

Project Nim
  • 4 stars
  • 2011
  • UK
  • 93 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Marsh
  • Cast: Bob Angelini, Bern Cohen, Reagan Leonard

Marsh follows Oscar-winning documentary Man On Wire by playing it safe stylistically with a similarly formatted documentary package. Telling the story of a baby chimp taken away from its family and placed in a surrogate home in 70s New York, Project Nim proves deeply affecting through a mix of intelligent storytelling and expert direction.

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Project Nim

9 Aug 20114 stars

Excellent ape project documentary a complex meditation on human nature

(12A) 99min It’s not surprising that director James Marsh has chosen to follow his Oscar-winning 2008 documentary Man On Wire by taking an approach often favoured by bands following up a hit album: don’t mess with the formula, just try and do the…

The List Awards at Edinburgh International Film Festival

22 Jun 2011

The Last Circus, Perfect Sense and Project Nim among winning films

It’s been well documented that as a result of what festival director James Mullighan refers to as ‘straightened times’, the Edinburgh Film Festival has scaled back its more expensive operations this year, including cutting several awards. However…

Project Nim - James Marsh interview

21 Jun 2011

Man on Wire director charts 1970s chimp experiment in extraordinary film

‘I’m here bleary-eyed straight from four weeks of shooting a feature film in Dublin!’ So claims Project Nim director James Marsh when I meet him, but you wouldn’t know it from the espresso-fuelled 30 minutes of rapid discussion that follows, in which…

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