Runtime: 1h 00m
Acclaimed German director Gabriele Jakobi has adapted a classic Franz Kafka short story into a provocative drama featuring American actor/director Robert McNamara. Report to an Academy centres on an intelligent ape, “Red Peter”, who gets captured in a West Africa hunting expedition and sent to Europe on a ship. On board, he endures excessive taunting and abuse. So, to effect his survival, Red Peter learns to mimic and imitate the ship’s crew and their language from his cage. By evolving to behave like a human being, Peter devises a brilliant escape. He survives and ultimately reaches civilization to present his fascinating tale of transformation—and the horrid details of his former ape life—to a leading Scientific Academy. Robert McNamara’s heartfelt performance brings a wild parable to life and compels patrons to ponder the social issues of free will, animal rights, and vegetarianism.