Category Archives: Film

‘Trashed’

Sunday 18th May 7.30pm: Film Showing: Trashed

In  ‘Trashed’, actor Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution.

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Having faced the worst through much of the film, he goes in search of solutions. From individuals who have changed their lives and produce almost no waste, to anti-waste legislation and an entire city which is now virtually waste-free, he discovers that change is not only essential, but happening.

This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. The film showcases the individuals, activists, corporate and advocacy groups around the world who are working to affect change and reform the current model.

You can watch the trailer on YouTube.

As usual the showing takes place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free, but we will ask for a donation after the film to help us to cover screening costs. Refreshments will be served and there will be plenty of time to chat though the themes raised by the movie. Do try to join us for this important film.

Our next film will be ‘Project Wild Thing’ on Sunday 20th July. Please put it in your diary.

Gasland 2

On Sunday 16th March at 7.30pm we are showing GASLAND 2, the explosive follow-up to Josh Fox’s Oscar-nominated film about hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’), the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now being carried out in 32 countries worldwide including the UK.

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GASLAND 2 shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing the planet. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are, in his words, “contaminating our democracy”.

With the UK government solidly behind the development of the fossil fuel shale gas industry, there has never been a more urgent need to make the case for clean, green energy.

Do join us for this important film, which has only just gone on general release in the UK. You can watch the trailer at http://www.gaslandthemovie.com

There will be the usual hot drinks, cakes and discussion afterwards, and an opportunity to talk about the various initiatives we have running including changing your electricity supplier, and energy efficiency measures from DIY secondary glazing to ‘passive house’ retrofit.

As ever the event takes place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free but we will ask for donations to help us cover the cost of staging the event.

‘Best Before’ – film & food event

best-beforeOn Sunday 26th January at 7.30pm we will be showing the film ‘Best Before’, which is a short documentary about the food revolution taking off across London, why it is happening and how it provides a way forward to a more healthy, sustainable and socially just food system in the UK. In London a handful of supermarkets dominate the food system, an incredible amount of food is wasted every day, and fresh, healthy food has become the privilege of the wealthy, while those worse off have only access to low quality, fatty and sugar-rich food, and obesity rates are skyrocketing.  With global energy costs expected to rise dramatically, many people argue that the UK will face a food crisis in coming years.

‘Best Before’ looks at why this is happening, who is profiting from the way we eat, and at the same time, what people are doing to take back control of how we produce, distribute and crucially, how we eat, food in the UK. London is the city in which community organizations are shaping alternatives, from city farms to roof gardens, farmers’ markets to food cooperatives. The film explores how communities in the city are reducing their dependency on the corporate food system, and producing, distributing and consuming food in a sustainable, ecological, and socially just way.

Interspersed with interviews with key academics, journalists and policy advisors, Best Before follows those at the heart of the London food revolution. It may just change the way you eat!

We are delighted to welcome back Professor Martin Caraher, City University Professor of Food, who will introduce the film and contextualise some of its messages. The film will also be followed by a number of short talks from some of the groups working towards a sustainable food system in Ealing, and there will of course be time for hot drinks, cakes and discussion afterwards. As ever the event takes place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free but we will ask for donations to help us cover the cost of staging the event.