New documentary HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD explores the birth of Greenpeace


New documentary HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD, from filmmaker Jerry Rothwell, chronicles the untold story behind the modern environmental movement. It features never before seen footage as it tells the story of a group of young hippies, led by eco-hero Robert Hunter, who set out to change the world and in the process sparked a revolution; the birth of Greenpeace. The filmmakers were given access to the many film cameras the Greenpeace activists used to cover their exploits in order to build the documentary.

The film recently scoped the the Environmental Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015. It hits UK and Irish cinemas on September 11, and its theatrical run begins with a major live satellite Q&A event on September 9th at Picturehouse cinemas that will include an exclusive screening of the film followed by a satellite Q&A hosted by Mariella Frostrup. The panel will feature fashion designer and longstanding Greenpeace supporter Vivienne Westwood, director Jerry Rothwell, Robert Hunter’s daughter Emily Hunter and other special guests to be announced.  

Talking about the film, director Jerry Rothwell said, “This small group of individuals set out to change our awareness of the environment, and it’s astonishing what they achieved in a very short space of time.  They were smart about how to use media and their actions were very courageous. The film explores what it felt like to be part of that group, what it takes for any of us to make the bold leap of trying to effect change.”

Greenpeace UK Executive Director John Sauven said “The extraordinary thing about this footage is how relevant and fresh it still feels after four decades buried in the archives. The Seventies long hair and bushy moustaches may have gone, but the passion and determination to defend the only home we have remain the same. This is the inspiring story of a ragtag bunch of idealists who, through sheer courage, defiance, and a bit of luck, have given birth to a global movement of millions still at the forefront of the great environmental challenges of our age."

You can book tickets from July 10 for the exclusive live event with satellite Q&A on September 9 Here


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