Werner Herzog Season – Screening: The White Diamond

Screening Sunday 28th March, 2010

The Frontline Club’s Werner Herzog season celebrates the work one of the greatest living filmmakers. The season has been kindly curated by his long-time producer Andre Singer who will be speaking at our screening of My Best Fiend.

The White Diamond is a film about the daring adventure of exploring a rainforest canopy with a novel flying device, the Jungle Airship. Airship engineer Dr. Graham Dorrington embarks on a trip to the giant Kaieteur Falls in the heart of Guyana, hoping to fly his helium-filled invention above the tree-tops. But this logistic effort will not be without risk.

Twelve years ago, a similar expedition into the unique habitat of the canopy ended in disaster when Dorrington’s friend Dieter Plage fell to his death.

With the expedition is Werner Herzog, setting out now with a new prototype of the airship into the Lost World of the pristine rain forest of this little explored area of the world, to record and tell this unique story in an extraordinary, feature-documentary film.

Director: Werner Herzog
Release: 2004
Duration: 88 minutes


Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog grew up in a remote mountain village in Bavaria without a television and has gone on to direct 57 films over the last five decades. We will be showing 3 films that explore the themes his work is best known for, heroes with impossible dreams and the “ecstatic truth”.

The three films in our season are Lessons of Darkness (’92), My Best Fiend (’99) and The White Diamond (’04).