The Story of Little Foot
The Story of Little Foot describes the decades of patient and painstaking research required to excavate, understand and interpret the fossilised remains of humanity’s ancestors found in the Sterkfontein Caves. Professor Ron Clark’s discovery of a complete skeleton of Australopithecus prometheus, aka “Little Foot”, has been his life’s work.
Filmed largely underground, Clark narrates a dual story; that of our ancient ancestors and that of the discovery and excavation of their fossilised remains. The discovery of the first few bones took place above ground among already excavated material (mistakenly identified as a baboon’s foot) and this took Clark and his dedicated team back underground to search for the remainder of the skeleton, three million years after she fell to her death in the cave.
The camera craft is clear and imaginative, lighting is sensitive, the special effects are ingenious and the narration is poetic and reverent. The overall effect is not so much of a big “Wow”, but of a respectful sense of awe.
- V&A 6
- Fri 1 June / 6.30pm + Q&A
- Labia 1
- Sat 9 June / 6.15pm
- Sun 3 June / 3pm + Q&A
Paul Myburgh Director
Paul John Myburgh is an award winning filmmaker, anthropologist and author, with a life-long commitment to Africa that transcends the boundaries of politics and ideologies. He spent seven years with the Kalahari Bushmen, becoming an integral part of this ancient African culture.
A twenty-five year involvement in South African Palaeoanthropology, and exclusive access to the discovery and excavation of the famous ‘Little Foot’ fossil skeleton in the cradle of humankind … a world first!
Producer, director and DOP for Survival Anglia, National Geographic, Discovery, and others.
As DOP the SASC Gold Award for three years and the Visible Spectrum Award 2000 for the achievement of excellence in cinematography.