As part of this year’s Green Week, we wanted to share with you our film recommendations to inspire you. While we are all spending more time at home, this Green Week get comfy, grab your cup of tea and enjoy our Green on the Screen favourites:
First up are the inspiring and feel-good films that are a call to action. They were chosen by writer (Misbehaviour, 2020) and director (The Lady) Rebecca Frayn:
These will all hugely lift your spirits which god knows is what we need.
Top of the pops: The Biggest Little Farm – (Amazon Prime). It’s in part inspired a regeneration movement around the world. About a couple trying to turn around a depleted farm over 7 years. A joy.
The Hope (National Geographic) about Jane Goodall – we had no idea how far her environmental work has extended beyond chimpanzees. Absorbing.
Fantastic Fungi: Uplifting and profound.
Tomorrow: essential viewing made by two brilliant French film-makers. Should be compulsory viewing throughout the land. It has inspired standing ovations and will truly lift the spirits as a credible blue print of an achievable sustainable world.
And we were filled with excitement by Inhabit – A Permaculture Perspective (free on Vimeo), which aims to empower people by showing them how to be better custodians of the earth.
Inspiring film on Doug Tompkins – Wild Legacy (YouTube). Founder of North Face and rewilder extraordinaire. What one man can achieve. Only 15 mins.
And again what one man can achieve in 30 years regenerating native forest – Fools & Dreamers (YouTube). Heartwarming.
All will make you want to dance and most importantly get digging!
Recommendations, from Charlotte Thompson, ESOL tutor and Governor, together with Geoffrey Macnab, who writes on film for The Independent, The Guardian, Sight and Sound and Screen International.
An Inconvenient Truth (Al Gore’s call to arms)
Bananas! (2010) set in Nicaragua where 12 banana workers take on the might of Dole foods and their use of noxious pesticides)
I Am Greta
Fast Food Nation
My Octopus Teacher (Netflix)
The Age Of Stupid
March of the Penguins
Darwin’s Nightmare (2005) – Oscar-nominated doc about the Nile perch which destroyed a whole ecosystem
David Attenborough – anything but mainly Blue Planet (also for family viewing)
The Great Green Wall (not yet released but about regreening the Sahara
Kiss the Ground (Woody Harrelson on the wonders of soil)
FILMS Based on a true story
Flint (series based on a town in Michigan)
The Impossible (tsunami in Thailand)
Dark Waters (Mark Ruffalo)
Erin Brockovich (environmental self-taught lawyer)
Black Gold (2011)
Life of Pi
The Day after Tomorrow (apocalyptic)
The China Syndrome (1979) with Jane Fonda
Promised Land (2013) with Matt Damon and Frances McDormand
Happy Feet (cartoon)
The Jungle Book