He is fascinated by the aesthetics of such man-made environments. The destructive, albeit stunning, photography raises ethical questions concerning man's impact on their environment.
This film has won numerous awards including:
- Best Documentary - 2007 Genie Awards
- Best Canadian Film – Toronto International Film Festival
- Best Canadian Film & Best Documentary - Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
It was a shown at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival in Utah and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
The documentary was shot in Super-16mm film, and now is available on DVD in 16x9 format with a running time of 80 minutes. The DVD special features include:
- Additional Scenes
- Stills Gallery with Commentary by Edward Burtynsky
- Discussion with the Director & Edward Burtynsky
- Mini-Interview with Cinematographer/Collaborator
- Theatrical Trailer
Featured reviews found from Mongrel Media:
"The upright, two legged naked ape that appeared in Africa 150,000 years ago has become an immense force. Our species is now altering the physical, chemical and biological features of the planet on a geological scale. This film let's us look at the impressive, yet troubling scale of our impact. Everyone should see it!"
- DAVID SUZUKI
"A protracted exploration of the aesthetic, social and spiritual dimensions of industrialization and globalization... Raises some sigificant and sobering questions about the impact that we, as humans, make on our environment"
- NEW YORK TIMES
"Manufactured Landscapes tracks the beauty and the horror of industry's imprint on the earth"
- NOW MAGAZINE