Date: Monday, 3rd October, 2011
Venue: Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ
Krakatoa: The Last Days
In 1883, the volcanic island of Krakatoa erupted, killing 36,000 people and unleashing a series of terrifying tsunamis. This docu-drama uses eye witness accounts to tell the true story of one of the most destructive natural disasters in history.
A factual drama that highlights stories of survival based on personal diaries from 1883, including Dutch Controller Willem Beijerinck and his wife Johanna, as they struggle to save their family and colony. Interwoven with these stories are scientific experts and CGI that explain each aspect of the Krakatoa eruption, including how the pyroclastic flow and tsunamis were formed and the effects they had on the sea, land and people in their paths.
Dr Stuart Monro
Dr Stuart Monro is the Scientific Director of Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, and formerly Principal Geologist of the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Edinburgh. Dr Monro has made distinguished contributions to our understanding of the geology of central Scotland and in the application of geology to environmental issues through his work at the BGS. He has significant experience of teaching geology at all levels in the Open University and has been a member of the Council of the Open University (1994-2002). Dr Monro played a key role in establishing Our Dynamic Earth, and has ongoing responsibility for the scientific content of the exhibition. He is co-convenor of the Steering Group of the Scottish Earth Science Education Forum (SESEF) and is a leading practitioner in promoting science to a wide audience.