Isabella Rossellini’s guide to the sex life of the anchovy (and the duck, the snail, the dolphin…). In a series of short films, she acts as a range of animals having sex. She just wants to amuse us, she says – and teach us some hard science about the birds and the bees.
Seven of her films are on show at the Natural History Museum, as part of a major exhibition called Sexual Nature (which I really want to see). The museum decided to host the films because, amusement value aside, they are scientifically accurate: snails jab each other with painful darts before sex and female ducks have versatile vaginas. “The films turned out to be a wonderful experiment,” says Rossellini. “We certainly didn’t expect them to end up at the Natural History Museum in London.”
As the museum boasts: “You’ll be amazed at what nature gets up to.”