Over the past 12 years I have done a lot of work. The purpose of this short series of posts is to bring you up-to-date rapidly from BGG to XRW (2007 – 2019). Before you proceed to pt 3 you absolutely must read this post conveniently titled ‘This Changes Everything‘ which was the second part of my first-foray into film. These two sell-out solar-powered screenings laid the foundation for the Pop-Up Cinema events that came after.
The importance of This Changes Everything at Shelley Theatre was three-fold. Firstly it sold-out. To my knowledge this was the first sell-out show at the refurbished Shelley Theatre – an arts venue that I was campaigning to save as far back as 200X. The only reason the first film-event didn’t sell-out is because there was a mix-up at the box office (seats were available but people were turned away). Special mention here to director Jerry Rothwell who by attending our first screening had allowed us to set the bar very high indeed.
Secondly I had invited and managed to pay expenses for End Ecocide, a legal campaign to protect the Earth. Inviting London lawyers to a film-event in back-water Bournemouth was risky but it worked. It went so well that EE ended-up following our lead and organising similar events afterwards. I also want to ‘BIGGUP’ the local Bournemouth & Poole Greenpeace whose influence helped get these film events off the ground.
Thirdly, not long after the ‘This Changes’ blog post was published it was ‘liked’ by Polly Higgins. It was more than just a click she typed a couple of words for which I will be eternally grateful. Polly is the lawyer who made it her life’s work to promote Ecocide after making the legal framework possible. Co-incidentally Polly Higgins is also from South-West England which is the home of the BGG & Ecotainment!
Sadly Polly Higgins died earlier this year, as a mark of respect Extinction Rebellion parked a boat named after her outside the Royal Courts of Justice in July. Urging citizens and the media to ‘Act Now’ on the Climate Emergency.