|The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden|
Darwin meets Hitchcock in The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden is a documentary about a 1930s murder mystery. The story, which involves a motley group of doctors, writers, aristocrats, playboys and oil magnates gathered on a tropical island feels like the plot of a melodrama.
The sense of real-life played as a drama is enhanced by the fact the film, American filmmakrs Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller, comprises not just the expected archive documentary footage, but also features excerpts from a silent drama in which many of the protagonists appeared
Fleeing conventional society, in 1931 a Berlin doctor called Freidrich Ritter and his mistress Dore Strauch start an idyllic life on uninhabited Pacific Galapagos island of Floreana. The exploits of this ‘Adam and Eve’ attract a group of people to the Edsen.
The first to arrive is Heinz Wittner, the is the head of a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson. A baby is born, and a new community seems to be evolving. It was, however, the arrival of and the gun-toting Viennese Baroness Eloise von Wagner and her two lovers that shattered the peace. The Baroness plans to build a hotel, setting her at loggerheads with Ritter and Wittner. A set of shifting alliances develops, culminating in the disappearance of the Baroness and one of her lovers.
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden is released in the UK by Matchbox Films. It is being shown at a number of venues including:
- 25 July-31 July ICA – London
- 3-6 August – Glasgow Film Theatre
- 4-5 August – The Lexi, London
- 12 August – Hyde Park Picturehouse, Leeds
- 16/26 August – Plough Arts Centre, Torrington
- 26 August – Doc Days, Curzon Soho, London
- 29 August - 5 September – Ipswich Film Theatre
- 28 September – The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
- 29-30 October – Chapter Cinema, Cardiff