Director Jerry Rothwell attended a solar powered British Science Week screening of his film How to Change the World in Bournemouth last week (Thursday 17th March). The documentary film charts the origins of the Greenpeace ecology organisation and has been winning awards globally for it’s portrayal of ‘twelve hippies in a boat’ that created environmental activism in the 1970s.
To their credit the media-savvy, ramshackle, and often-psychedelic crew of journalists, divers, sailors and ecologists recorded and documented their voyages and encounters on the ship Phyllis Cormack at ‘truth 24 frames per second’. Their mission was to create a ‘Mind Bomb’ an iconic image or moment that could go global within 24hours of the event happening. That’s the equivalent of going ‘viral’ in todays interconnected world.
The success of How To Change The World is being sustained by the modern environmental movement. A conduit or coming of age movie for environmentalism as it prepares to take on new challenges in the 21st century. The open-ended nature of the film acts a blueprint for newcomers – would be activists and a looking glass for the seasoned campaigner. The How to Change website features stories and articles from activists around the world and not just from Greenpeace.
From the very beginning this films stirs the blood, it resonates with iconic imagery and real-life ecological super heroes. These characters their personal differences, strength and weaknesses are laid bare. But all that’s insignificant in comparison to the pain and suffering of the natural world they seek to protect. All in a days work when it comes to pushing oneself to the limits to make change happen.
Eventually success gets the better of them. The Greenpeace organisation grows exponentially leaving the founding members behind. This is their story as it happened from the very start and Jerry Rothwell has handled the material incredibly well. The HD version of the film plays at 24 fps to preserve the integrity of the original film archive and is available to watch now on Netflix.
A very special British Science Week solar powered screening of How to Change the World will be taking place at Bournemouth Shelley Theatre on March 17th (St.Patricks Day). This radical environmental film charts the success of eco-activist pioneer Richard Hunter and his unorthodox methods to challenge the establishment that gave birth to the organisation known as Greenpeace. Director Jerry Rathwell has drawn on over 40 years of behind the scenes, draw-dropping and dramatic archive footage to make this one of the must-see documentaries of the decade.
Ecotainment! in collaboration with Greenpeace are proud to present this inaugural Green Screen Cinema. An environmental film night & social event to pull together like minded individuals from across society. This blueprint for change has been brought to you with support from our sponsors Blackmore Ricotech Recycling, Eco Sustainable Solutions & Bournemouth University.
Due to lack of funding this event is no longer taking place as previously advertised. Instead Ecotainment! in collaboration with Greenpeace will be demonstrating a Solar Powered Cinema at the Shelley Theatre in Bournemouth, 7pm on 17th March. The event will have an environmental theme and tickets will be on sale shorty through the Shelley box-office.
Using a clever mix of Upcycling & Renewable Energy award winning Ecotainment! provides sustainable social lubricant for schools, festivals, celebrations & campaigns. Using off-the-shelf and custom made attractions embracing our philosophy Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle, Boogie!
Our prices start from £150 for a children’s party up to £1500 for a professional solar powered stage with sound & lighting. Please contact us if you would like a quote for your next event or campaign. We’re very sorry for any disappointment this may have caused further information about this event can be found on the British Science Week & Shelley Theatre websites.