Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis rocked the boat and started a scientific revolution

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FILM PREMIERE 18:00–21:00 Thursday 8 March 2018

To celebrate International Women's Day we will be hosting the London premiere of a new film about Lynn Margulis FLS, a scientific rebel who challenged entrenched theories of evolution to present a new narrative: life evolves through collaboration

Hummingbird Films is proud to announce the release of its new documentary film Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis rocked the boat and started a scientific revolution premiering worldwide in March 2018. 

Symbiotic Earth is the story of a scientific rebel. A model of female empowerment, Lynn Margulis FLS fought the male establishment and, through her persistence, triumphed. As a young scientist in the 1960s, Margulis was ridiculed when she articulated a theory that symbiosis was a key driver of evolution. Instead of the mechanistic view that life evolved solely through random genetic mutations and competition, she presented a symbiotic narrative in which bacteria joined together to create the complex cells that formed animals, plants, and all other organisms.  The idea that all of life is deeply interconnected and collaborative has radical implications for how we look at our selves, evolution, and the environment.

Filmmaker John Feldman met Lynn Margulis in 2005 when making a film about evolution. With Margulis’ help, he began to develop another film about new ideas in evolutionary biology, but when she died suddenly of a stroke in 2011 at the age of 73, he decided to make a more ambitious film about the scope and implications of Margulis’ and her colleagues’ groundbreaking new views. 

Symbiotic Earth explores radical ideas with a sense of humor and a deep respect for science. Daryl Taylor, the host of a preview screening in Melbourne, declared, “Lynn’s energy, optimism, good humour, mischief and awe leap off the screen.”

Following the film there will be a Q&A session with John Feldman (Filmmaker), Alex Marlow (Editor and Researcher) and Peter Horton (Director, Gaia's Company).

  • Registration (£10) is essential. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 17:30.
  • For more information about the film go to
  • If you are interested in Gaia theory and want to know more. Peter Horton will also be hosting a Gaia walk.