The Last Catch and Musicwood among the highlights of the UK Green Film Festival 2014
- Colin Robertson
- 10 April 2014
The nationwide-documentary fest focuses on socio-ecological issues around the world
The UK Green Film Festival, celebrating the best environmental filmmaking from around the globe, is set to take place across 14 UK cities from Sun 1–Sun 8 Jun 2014.
The festival, which is a champion of independent documentary filmmaking with an environmental theme, will have screenings across the UK from Belfast to Brighton to Oban and is bookended by opening and closing night galas at Hackney Picturehouse, London.
Among the highlights of this year’s programme is the UK premiere of The Last Catch, Markus CM Schmidt’s absorbing documentary which explores the rapid growth of the tuna industry and the effect it has had on both the fish and the fishermen whose livelihood depends on catching them. There's also a screening of Bay of All Saints, which tells the remarkable story of an impoverished Brazilian community fighting to keep their homes while government attempts to evict them in the name of ecological restoration. Critically acclaimed upon its release, it won several awards, including the SXSW Audience Award in 2012.
Also of note is Maxine Trump’s Musicwood, which looks at deforestation from the angle of musical instrument construction, particularly the acoustic guitar. The film features musicians including Steve Earle and Yo La Tengo banding together to battle a Native American logging company with hopes of preserving the future of the acoustic guitar.
The rest of the diverse programme includes the UK theatrical premiere of Expedition to the End of the World, a Scandinavian adventure film which follows the adventures of a group of scientists, artists and philosophers as they sail to the rapidly melting massifs of North-East Greenland; and Planet Ocean, a 90-minute film exploring the dangers that threaten our oceans and entire planet.
The festival also has a screening of the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, A River Changes Course, which tells the story of three Cambodian families who are struggling to maintain their traditional way of life as the 21st century closes in on them.
The UK Green Film Festival will take place at Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Dumfries, Glasgow, Inverness, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, London, Nottingham, Oban and Oxford from Sun 1–Sun 8 Jun 2014. For full programme details visit ukgreenfilmfestival.org.