Sunday 20th July 7.30pm: Film Showing: Project Wild Thing
Project Wild Thing is filmmaker David Bond’s record of his attempt to reconnect his own children – and indeed all of Britain’s children – with nature. Today’s young people stay indoors, unlike their parents and grandparents, who as children loved to roam free. A new generation is addicted to iPads and consoles, getting obese and insidiously depressed in the process, and parents are letting it happen. The outdoors is increasingly assumed to be dangerous, pointless and irrelevant.
“We think we’ve outgrown nature,” says Bond, and wonders if the way is to promote nature as a brand, so the kids can ‘get’ it and ‘choose’ it. With boyish enthusiasm, he devises ad strategies through billboards and social media to spread the good word, and gets out and about to talk to environmentalists like George Monbiot and Chris Packham.
After the film we will be holding our Annual Open Meeting, which is an informal opportunity to help us define our programme for the forthcoming year over a cuppa and a slice of cake.
As usual the showing takes place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RH (map). Entry is free, but we will ask for a donation after the film to help us to cover screening costs. We hope you can join us.
Bring a child – or your inner child!
P.S. Please display our poster if you have an opportunity to do so!
Just up the Uxbridge Road, our new neighbours in Transition, Southall Transition, are holding their first public event on Friday this week.
Formed by a diverse group from the Southall community, they are certainly off to a flying start!
At the end of April, working with the Greenfield Children’s Centre, the group took over 50 small children and their families to Southall Community Garden, where they had a great day learning about food, gardening and the history of the area.
The group are also engaging with St. James, the developers of the former Southall Gasworks site, where nearly 4000 houses will be built over the next decade, with the aim of enhancing the sustainability and biodiversity outcomes of the project, and making it more integrated into the community.
Southall Transition will be holding a free public screening of the film “The Power of Community” on Friday 9th May, so if you live in Southall or nearby, this would be a great opportunity to see a brilliant film, to meet the team, and get involved!
It’s been Ealing Transition’s pleasure to support this group as they get started, and we’ve really enjoyed getting to know them, and exchanging (so many!) ideas. We’re sure they’re going to do great things!
Southall Transition are showing “The Power of Community” on Friday 9th May, at 7pm, Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Southall UB1 3HH.
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.
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.