The Lost City of Z

by Toby Woollaston

lostcityIs it perhaps too much of a coincidence that Amazon Studios have backed a film about exploring the Amazon? Surely not, although in the words of the film’s protagonist, “So much of life is a mystery my boy, we know so little of this world.” So, I guess we’ll never know. What I do know is that I’m glad Amazon did open their wallet for this production, otherwise we’d have missed out on a fantastic re-telling of explorer Major Percy Fawcett’s true story.

The New Yorker staff writer David Grann has a penchant for uncovering true stories that have remained little known by the general public – keep an eye out for his Killers Of The Flower Moon to be directed by Martin Scorsese – and here, director James Gray has taken Grann’s book, The Lost City Of Z, and crafted an impeccably balanced film that dramatises Fawcett’s intriguing exploration into the unknown.

See my full review here at Witchdoctor.