Revolution Wants to Make a Difference.
Environmental activism is in director, biologist, and conservationist Rob Stewart‘s blood. With his first film, Sharkwater, Stewart aimed to draw attention to the practice of shark finning, and ended up igniting a movement that led to policy changes around the world.
His new film, Revolution, aims to do much the same thing, except this time Stewart demonstrates the effects of global warming around the world. Stewart was told by scientists and conservationists alike that if global warming continues at its current rate, it could lead to a dramatic decrease in quality of life and landscapes all over the world, so he responded by spending four years travelling to fifteen countries to demonstrate just what they were talking about. The film introduces us to untouched landscapes and incredibly rare marine and wildlife. The film outlines how mass-extinctions have occurred in the past, and outlines the revolution needed to ensure that we don’t face similar extinctions in the future – most of which would be due to man-made causes.
Revolution, which is produced by Gus Van Sant, has already won fourteen awards at a variety of film festivals, and will be officially released on April 22, 2015, which, fittingly, is Earth Day. 50% of the proceeds will benefit conservation organisations, and Revolution will also be released on DVD and online on streaming service Yekra. Stewart hopes that the film will not only shine a light on the environmental issues, but also the groups and charities that are helping to overcome them. “The conservation movement is the biggest that has ever existed,” says Stewart. “It should be winning the battle to save our world…all that’s missing is awareness”.
Revolution will be released April 22, 2015.
Words by Amy Nancarrow