Thursday, November 29, 2007

Eels Documentary Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives Makes Its BBC Debut

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The documentary Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives aired on BBC4 two nights ago. The film follows Mr. E of the band Eels as he seeks to uncover information about his late father. E (real name Mark Everett) and his father, physicist Hugh Everett III had a very distant relationship. Everett was the father of an idea (in addition to Mr. E, of course): the many worlds theory. It's pretty complicated stuff, but the core focuses on the idea that each outcome to every possible event defines in its own parallel universe. You can read about it here if you're so inclined.

But at the heart of the documentary is the story of Everett and his father. Critics across the pond have applauded the documentary for its intense emotion and the taste with which the legacy of this important physicist is treated. Unfortunately, it's unlikely that those of us in the US of A will get to check out this documentary unless it gets released to DVD, syndicated to another station or put online. We'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, you can read Mr. E's personal reflections on making the film here.

(April Wright)

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