Vanishing Of The Bees

Vanishing Of The Bees

Imagine half a million adults skipping town and leaving their children behind. Picture an opened suitcase filled with bundles of cash at a bus stop and yet no robber wants to snatch it. The apiary science mystery known as “Colony Collapse Disorder” displays these very symptoms. Not only do the bees abandon their hive, but the queen and the brood as well. Unnatural. Unheard of. Even the predators that usually raid the hive for honey stay far away. At first, this occurrence sounds like an urban legend or an exaggerated tale. Except it’s not. The situation is both dire and all too real. Bees are disappearing all over the planet and no one knows why.--©Official Site 2.7 out of 5 based on 7 reviews
Vanishing Of The Bees

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Genre Documentary
Director Maryam Henein George Langworthy
Cast Emilia Fox
Studio Dogwoof
Release Date October 2009
Running Time 60 mins
 

Imagine half a million adults skipping town and leaving their children behind. Picture an opened suitcase filled with bundles of cash at a bus stop and yet no robber wants to snatch it. The apiary science mystery known as “Colony Collapse Disorder” displays these very symptoms. Not only do the bees abandon their hive, but the queen and the brood as well. Unnatural. Unheard of. Even the predators that usually raid the hive for honey stay far away. At first, this occurrence sounds like an urban legend or an exaggerated tale. Except it’s not. The situation is both dire and all too real. Bees are disappearing all over the planet and no one knows why.--©Official Site

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Reviews

The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

We should all think of taking up beekeeping. The filmmakers seriously suggest this, winning points for lovable evangelism if not practicality.

07/10/2009

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

Decades of intensive exploitation have meant taking the their honey away from them, and feeding them on inferior sugar-extract, making them weaker and vulnerable to pesticides, triggering a sudden eco-calamity. The implications are awful. Without bees doing their pollination work, vegetables and foodstuffs will disappear.

09/10/2009

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The Observer

Philip French

This serious, didactic, rather rambling documentary features some good, decent people worried for reasons both personal and disinterested about the causes of the mysterious CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) and the tragic prospect of a world without bees and honey.

08/10/2009

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

It’s not great cinema, but it’s educational.

09/10/2009

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The Sunday Times

Stuart McGurk

This is well intentioned and urgent — but let down by hammy narration, a made-for-TV budget and a blatant plug for its co-sponsor, the Co-op.

11/10/2009

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Total Film

Jane Crowther

Well-intentioned but lacking filmic zip, it’d fly better on the box.

17/09/2009

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The Times

Kevin Maher

Vanishing of the Bees is yet another eco-doc, following The Age of Stupid and The End of the Line, that spends 90 harrowing minutes revealing how the global environment is on the brink of collapse.

09/10/2009

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