Picturehouse Entertainment announced today that they will be releasing the critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary ‘How To Change The World’ this September. The recent winner of the Environmental Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015, the film looks at the very early days of the modern eco-movement. Using never before seen footage it tells the gripping story of a courageous group of men and women, led by Robert Hunter, who set out to change the world and in the process sparked a revolution.

Launching in UK and Irish cinemas on September 9 with a stunning live event that will include an exclusive screening of the film followed by a satellite Q&A hosted by Mariella Frostrup. The panel will feature legendary fashion designer and longstanding Greenpeace supporter Vivienne Westwood, director Jerry Rothwell, Robert Hunter’s daughter Emily Hunter and other special guests to be announced.  Discussing both the film itself as well as the Greenpeace movement from its earliest days right up to the present, this will be an unmissable event. Following this, the film will then open nationwide on September 11.

In 1971 a small group of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada in an old fishing boat. Their mission was to stop Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, a tiny island off the west coast of Alaska. It was from these humble but brave beginnings that Greenpeace was born. Chronicling the untold story behind the modern environmental movement and with access to dramatic archive footage that has not been seen for over 40 years, the film tells the fascinating story of eco-hero Robert Hunter and his part in the creation of what we now know as the global organization that is Greenpeace. Alongside a group of like-minded and idealistic young friends in the ‘70s, Hunter would be instrumental in altering the way we now look at the world and our place within it.

These campaigning pioneers captured their daring and sometimes jaw-dropping actions on a range of film cameras and Greenpeace granted Rothwell access to this vivid archive to make his thrilling, sometimes terrifying film. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival it tells an important story that is still very relevant today making this one of the must-see documentaries of 2015.

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.”

Clare Binns, at Picturehouse Entertainment, commented, “I am delighted that Picturehouse Entertainment has the opportunity to work on this truthful and fascinating documentary. The story of Greenpeace is a classic story of young idealists united by a common goal, this doc tells a thrilling and insightful story which changed the way we treat life on our planet, I’m so happy that we get to continue our tradition of championing the very best Docs with this film.”

‘How to Change the World’ is a Met Film, Daniel Film and Insight Productions film presented by BFI and Sky in association with Impact Partners, Shark Island Productions and Bell Media.


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