Powerful South West produced climate change film premieres at COP27

By Nick Batten on 10 November, 2022

South West video production company Octopus Films has teamed up with the University of Bath to make a unique documentary for COP27. 

The film features clips from younger and older generations in conversation, exploring how climate change is affecting them, their hopes and fears for the future, and how things have changed over their lifetimes. 

ActNowFilm2 is drawn from films submitted by participants from every continent, except Antarctica. The film shows the rapid escalation of climate impacts on people and places over the lifetimes of participants, in multiple locations across the world, and argues that now is the time for urgent action to stop climate change.

The film premiered in the Blue Zone of the UN Climate Change Conference on Wednesday 9thNovember to a very positive response. It follows on from the success of ActNowFilm, also produced by Octopus Films, which premiered last year at the GAUC Climate Youth Summit on Net-Zero Futures; UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP15); Climate Week NYC ; and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). 

Ellie Edwards, Octopus Films’ Creative Director, said, “We were honoured to be part of this hugely important project. Climate change is an issue our team feels passionate about and our foundations in sustainable film production align so well to the ethos of the film. 

“Our hope is for this to be a powerful way of showcasing the impacts of climate change over the lifetimes of both living generations, and a way of giving a voice to those that would not normally be heard.” 

Based in central Bath, Octopus Films works with a range of clients including Dyson, the BBC, the NHS and Cambridge Zero, Cambridge University’s response to the climate crisis. 

Pictured above: a screen grab from ActNowFilm2 which premiered yesterday at Cop27