Carbon — The Unauthorised Biography

  • 2.00–4.00 PM
  • 03 June 2023
  • Cinema Radar

With Carbon in the news every day, you might think you know everything about her. But you’d be wrong. This spectacular and surprisingly unorthodox documentary reveals the paradoxical story of the element that builds all life, and yet may end it all. Narrated in first person by  Sarah Snook (Succession), Carbon tells of her birth in the violent core of an exploding star and of turbulent sagas through the fabric of our evolving Earth. Accompanied by celebrated scientists, unique animations and a stunning orchestral score, Carbon reminds us of our humble participation in the most extraordinary story in the universe.


Original Language: English
Subtitles: no
Month and Year of Production: January ‘22
Color/Black and White: Colour
Audio: Stereo
Country of Production: Canada and Australia
Duration: 90’
Director: Daniella Ortega and Niobe Thompson
Production: Genepool Productions, Handful of Films
Producer: Sonya Pemberton, Niobe Thompson, Lucy MacLaren
Cast: Sarah Snook
Photography: Sherwin Akbarzadeh and Athan Merrick
Editing: Andrew Aristides
Awards: Deauville Green Awards, France – Grand Prix Best Documentary; CinemAmbiente, Italy –  Best Documentary; Academia Film Olomouc, Czech Republic – Student Jury Award; Jackson Wild Media Awards, USA    finalist “Changing Planet Award” & “Best Original Music Score”; Silbersalz Film Festival, Germany – Honourable Mention; Docs Without Borders International Film Festival, USA – Outstanding Excellence; Scinema International Science Festival, Australia –  Finalist; China Dragon Awards – Gold Prize; Innsbruck Nature Film Festival – nominee for Environmental Documentary; #LabMeCrazy Science Film Festival – Best Documentary or Reportage; Illuminate Film Festival, Paris – Innovative Spirit Award; Bergen International Film festival, Norway – Golden Owl Honorable Mention; Festival del Cinema; Documentario, Sicily – Premio Ambiente, and jury awards for our two main competitions Visioni Doc Italia and Visioni dal mondo; The Buzzies: World Congress of Science and Factual Producers – Green Impact of the year; Global Science Film Festival (organised by Swiss Science Film Academy) – Gran Prix and Best Director; Canadian Screen Awards, nominee for Robert Stewart Award Best Science and Nature Documentary