Aldous Huxley: The Gravity of Light
A feature film essay on Aldous Huxley's cultural criticism and social prophecy in light of the new millennium.
Narration: Dr. Jean Houston.
A contemporary reading of Huxley's oeuvre, a rendition and interpretation, inspired by an immersion into his life and thought. Complex, iconoclastic, psychedelic, and historical.
Aldous Huxley: The Gravity Of Light incorporates rare archival footage, computer rendered 3D animation, speculative fictions, and selections from his essays.
Personal in tone, the film also recalls the impact of Huxley's LSD-25 and mescaline experimentations and writings for a whole generation of youth and examines the utopianistic impulses associated with the recent Rave scene. The work reflects the aesthetics and poesis of the psychedelic state without collapsing into the tie-dye cliches that have trivialized the '60's era.
Doctor Jean Houston, a senior advisor to the United Nations on matters of Human Development, eloquently speaks on the immense contribution Huxley has made concerning the possible human.
Special thanks to Laura Huxley and Jean Houston.
"Hockenhull's simultaneously thoughtful and carefully conceived approach to the subject has made for a kind of documentary I would not hesitate to compare with the works of Trinh T. Minh-ha in form and self-reflexivity and Derek Jarman in style and composition. Hockenhull's approach to this "hybrid" form of cinema manages to aggressively question our presumptions and preconceptions around the current Zeitgeist while simultaneously exploring the knowledge and impact of one of the twentieth century's greatest minds." Alex Mackenzie, Curator/Programmer
Originally produced in 1997 this work is a
re-edited/revised edition for DVD (2003)
by the director.
Inclusive of additional interview material with Alexander Sasha Shulgin
BRAVO! Canada 2001, other broadcasters in Canada, in Finland Y2, other European channels.
Northwest Film Festival Award
- Official Competition -
- International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam
- The Vancouver International Film Fesitval
- Award - The Best of the NorthWest Film/Video Festival
- Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal
- The Museum of Modern Art, New York City
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