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Carbon | The unauthorised biography

12 July 2022
8.30pm – 10.00pm AEST
ABC TV | ABC iView
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Professor Martin Van Kranendonk

With Carbon in the news every day, you might think you know everything about her. But you’d be wrong. This spectacular and surprisingly unorthodox documentary reveals the paradoxical story of the element that builds all life, and yet may end it all. Narrated in first person by Sarah Snook (Succession), Carbon tells of her birth in the violent core of an exploding star and of turbulent sagas through the fabric of our evolving Earth. Accompanied by celebrated scientists, unique animations and a stunning orchestral score, Carbon reminds us of our humble participation in the most extraordinary story in the universe.

From acclaimed filmmakers, Genepool Productions and Handful of Films and featuring Golden Globe winner Sarah Snook (Succession).

"Discover how the carbon inside you makes you part of the great unfolding story of the universe - a nuclear story, a chemical story, a biological story - and gives you kinship across the cosmos!" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Professor Martin Van Kranendonk

Professor Martin Van Kranendonk

School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Martin's research interests span the lithosphere, biosphere. and atmosphere, across a broad range of disciplines relating to early Earth, from global tectonics to early life, and pretty much everything in between. This work has been achieved through multi-disciplinary collaboration with researchers from around the world and is published in 148 papers, 34 geological maps, 4 books, and three popular science articles that have had significant impact (Google Scholar h-index of 50; 8837 citations). Read more >