Film screening: Sixteen Legs

Niall Doran presents his remarkable documentary on the sex lives of giant prehistoric spiders still living in Australia’s deepest caves.

Featuring: Neil Gaiman, Kate Miller Heidke, Stephen Fry, Tara Moss, Adam Hills, Mark Gatiss and scientific researchers from around the globe.

Giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates seek kinky love in the dark. As the world rapidly descends into the next period of global mass extinction, a message of hope comes from an unlikely hero: a creature, often unfairly reviled, that has survived prior mass extinctions and climatic change in a magical ecosystem hidden beneath the World Heritage mountains of one of the world's last great wildernesses. With spectacular imagery and a dark fantasy twist, this real world “Charlotte’s Web” capitalises on master story-teller Neil Gaiman’s global popularity to bring a story of stability and solitude into our world of rapid change.

Award-winning cinematography documents the 25th anniversary of scientific research into animals that outlasted the dinosaurs, survived the splitting of the continents and have endured the entirety of human civilisation in Australia's deepest caves. Journey through the visually stunning wilderness of Tasmania to an underworld that few people have seen. This film excites and inspires modern audiences with the joy of adventure in the natural world, and celebrates the wonder of an ecosystem that preceded us and may still outlast us. 

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