Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 1:00 pm
In conjunction with The Nature of the Beast
A screening of Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens, directed by Morbid Anatomy’s filmmaker in residence Ronni Thomas, will be followed by a Q and A with the filmmaker and some of the individuals featured in the film.
Director Ronni Thomas has been making films professionally since 1999, beginning his career at the legendary Troma films. His 2003 documentary Hey is Dee Dee Home chronicled the tragic life of Dee Dee Ramone. In 2011, His Midnight Archive web series was met with critical acclaim and he was the filmmaker-in-residence of the now-defunct Morbid Anatomy Museum. His short film Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and won honors at Morbido in Puebla, Mexico. Most recently he is the writer, producer, and director for the forthcoming AMC Digital series The Broken and The Bad, a documentary film companion to Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul featuring Giancarlo Esposito.
Pat Morris MBE, BSc, PhD, FLS, FZS was Senior Lecturer in Zoology at Royal Holloway (University of London) and has a longstanding interest in the history of taxidermy. He has published several papers and books on the subject, including A History of Taxidermy: Art, Science and Bad Taste (2010), along with more than 50 other scientific papers and 20 natural history books. He is the first Honorary Life Member of the Guild of Taxidermists and a member of the Government’s panel of experts appointed to assess authenticity of antique taxidermy items. Widely known for his conservation-related research on mammals, especially hedgehogs and dormice, he is a former Chairman of the Mammal Society, was a Council Member of the National Trust and former Chairman of its Nature Conservation Advisory Panel. He was appointed MBE by the Queen in 2015 ‘for services to the natural and historic environment’, the latter being a reference to his contributions to the history and management of taxidermy collections. He has visited several hundred zoos and natural history museums, in more than 20 countries and has a devoted wife, married since 1978.