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In 1929, medical doctor Friedrich Ritterand and his lover/ patient Dore Strauch left behind their lives in Germany and set up home in an isolated, uninhabited part of the Galapagos Islands (Floreana), hoping to immerse themselves in a piece of untouched paradise. After a spot of unwanted publicity, other settlers start to arrive on Floreana – a young German family, and a glamourous woman calling herself ‘the Baroness’, accompanied by her two lovers. When the Baroness announces her intention to build a hotel and bring tourists to the island, hard-fought plans for a peaceful existence begin to crumble and murder comes to the Galapagos.

A fascinating true story told through photographs, home movies, letters and passed-down family legends. The Galapagos Affair uses voice-overs from Cate Blanchett, Sebastian Koch and Diane Kruger to narrate the mystery of Floreana with pace and intrigue. A deeply fascinating look at humans in nature unable to shed their human nature.

The Galapagos Affair would work well as part of a season of both feature films and documentaries exploring real-life events (Bonnie and Clyde, Rope, In Cold Blood) or real life mysteries (The Imposter, Grizzly Man, West of Memphis).

Words by Jaq Chell

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We recently celebrated Jaq’s 10 year anniversary at Cinema For All!

Jaq, who started here as part of a much smaller team, is responsible for the operations of Cinema For All, as well as sector development and special events, including the Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards.

A note from Jaq:
Just a quick note to say thank you to so many of you who sent messages to congratulate me on my ten year anniversary here at Cinema For All. I have loved every minute of supporting community cinemas over the past decade, and still have to pinch myself that I get to spend my working days surrounded by inspirational volunteer cinemas. The team here in the office threw me an incredible surprise party to celebrate – I’m a very lucky person to spend my working days with them too. See you at the conference in September where we can raise a glass together!