Darren Aronofsky to receive Animal Rights award

Director Darren Aronofsky will receive the first ever Human Society Filmmaker Award as an appreciation for his decision to use animated animals instead of real creatures in his Biblical film 'Noah'.

PTI| Updated: Oct 21, 2014, 14:18 PM IST
Darren Aronofsky to receive Animal Rights award

London: Director Darren Aronofsky will receive the first ever Human Society Filmmaker Award as an appreciation for his decision to use animated animals instead of real creatures in his Biblical film 'Noah'.

The 45-year-old filmmaker has been chosen by officials at the Humane Society of the United States (Hsus) to be the guest of honour at the animal charity's upcoming To The Rescue! New York event on November 21, reported Contactmusic.

Aronofsky has been praised for his "compassionate decision" to use computer-generated imagery (CGI) instead of animal actors in 'Noah', and the moviemaker insists the choice was easy.

"When I started working on 'Noah', an early question was how to express the vastness and complexity of the animal kingdom on the big screen.

"It was quickly apparent that working with live animals would be dangerous for them. It was also morally ambiguous considering we were making a film about the first naturalist, Noah, who saved and cared for all the varied species on the planet," Aronofsky said.

The event will be co-hosted by an honorary Hsus host committee featuring animal advocates from across the industry, including actresses Kristen Bell and Wendie Malick, singer Billy Joel, dance star Moby, comedienne Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi, and TV host Bill Maher.