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BBC Wants Hollywood To Make Films About Climate Change

April 28, 2020

By Paul Homewood

 

And then there’s this crank from the BBC!

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Whether you believe that art imitates life or life imitates art, it often seems as if the 21st Century is imitating a Hollywood blockbuster. At the moment, as many of us have observed, the current situation seems to be echoing Contagion and 28 Days Later. Before that, the climate crisis – with its news reports about hurricanes, tidal waves and wildfires – felt like every mega-budget movie about a world-shaking apocalypse.

The strange thing is, though, that despite the uneasy connection between environmental news reports and apocalyptic films, climate change is mentioned in hardly any of them. On the big screen, the threats to civilisation as we know it are war (The Book of Eli; Mad Max: Fury Road; Alita: Battle Angel), disease (Zombieland; World War Z; Contagion; Inferno), drugs that were intended to counteract disease (I Am Legend; Rise of the Planet of the Apes), alien invasions (Oblivion; Edge of Tomorrow; A Quiet Place), and demons (This Is The End). Clearly, this glut of doom-laden entertainment was responding to our anxieties about the state of the planet. But the idea that our carbon footprints might have something to do with it doesn’t get a look-in.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200416-why-does-cinema-ignore-climate-change

 

What is it about these nutjobs? Have they been so indoctrinated by their own propaganda that they have lost all contact with reality?

Does he really believe, for instance, that tidal waves are caused by climate change?

 

He even thinks that parts of The Day After Tomorrow hold up remarkably well.

The simple reality is that whatever climate change has been occurring has been so slow as not even to be noticeable. Maybe it would actually be a good idea for somebody to make a film, to show that a bit of extra CO2 in the air has not actually changed our lives at all.

It might be rather boring though! Which is probably why nobody has bothered.

33 Comments
  1. April 28, 2020 2:58 pm

    Hollywood is famous for fiction.

  2. Vernon E permalink
    April 28, 2020 3:19 pm

    Sounds as though Michael Mann’s latest offering should be right up their street. Why don’t they promote it – or even show it.

  3. jack broughton permalink
    April 28, 2020 3:20 pm

    There was a film: An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore. That was well received!!!
    Surely one disaster movie is the same as any other, the cause is unimportant apart from the Flash Gordon style heroics that the US love. Perhaps Al Gore will save us all by breathing in all the CO2.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      April 28, 2020 6:20 pm

      If the same judges had ruled on TDAT as on AIT, the public would be more aware that Al Gore ripped the CGI off glaciers calving from TDAT and spliced it into his film as if it was real. Such a shame he was not done for copyright infringement.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      April 28, 2020 10:47 pm

      I think that Al Gore made a second film which, according to a commentator elsewhere, sank faster than the Titanic.

  4. Vernon E permalink
    April 28, 2020 3:29 pm

    Correction: Michael Moore. Sorry.

    • Broadlands permalink
      April 28, 2020 4:08 pm

      Vernon.. You beat me to it! But the left is already trying to make it go away…criticize it! Would not another ‘Hollywood’ movie receive the same reception? This is not a war against the facts. It’s a battle of ideologies conflated with scientific ignorance.

  5. Chaswarnertoo permalink
    April 28, 2020 3:52 pm

    Who cares what Bolsheviks Bu@@37ing Children want of Hollyweird?

  6. David Liddle permalink
    April 28, 2020 4:08 pm

    I have asked them to screen The Planet of the Humans…perfect fore a two hour slot. And shd be compulsory for schools just like the first Gore epic…

  7. Vanessa Smith permalink
    April 28, 2020 4:46 pm

    They already have, he is called Michael Moore and he has made a film on renewables. Despite being a “leftie” he has realised that climate change renewables cannot provide our electricity !!!! At least he has shown that he has a brain !

  8. April 28, 2020 4:49 pm

    I’ve already watched one American film about climate change.

    Mainly there aren’t many films about climate change for the same reason that there aren’t many films about paint drying. Every character introduced at the beginning of the film would be dead by the end.

  9. Ed Bo permalink
    April 28, 2020 4:55 pm

    I live in LA, so I get the movie script writing bug from time to time. I am now inspired to write a great climate change movie.

    I’ve already got the opening scene done. Zoom in on an elderly couple in their garden. The wife says to the husband, “Dear, I think the daffodils are blooming a week earlier than when we were first married!”

    I think I have a blockbuster on my hands! What do all of you think?

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      April 28, 2020 10:51 pm

      Not enough drama!
      Try making them Killer Triffid type daffodils (caused by global warming of course).
      No need to worry about facts, none of the alarmists worry about them.

      • Ed Bo permalink
        April 29, 2020 5:10 pm

        Actually, for the drama, I was thinking that the earlier garden planting was starting to conflict with her annual quilting parties, but not all of her friends were on board with moving up the quilting.

        How’s that for gripping drama?

  10. mikewaite permalink
    April 28, 2020 5:04 pm

    There is already a book available for turning into a film script :
    Michael Chrichton’s “State of Fear” . It has everything needed for a block buster movie: terrorism , mass murder , threat of global warming , corruption. Now all we have to do is get AndyCapprio interested and job’s done.

  11. Stuart Brown permalink
    April 28, 2020 5:08 pm

    “Clearly, this glut of doom-laden entertainment was responding to our anxieties about the state of the planet.”

    Really? Did anyone watch any of this stuff because they were anxious about the state of the planet? I watch films for the explosions and the lack of female attire mostly, certainly not for any intellectual reason! I have a weakness for Marvel franchise films too.

    Anyway, there have been masses of ‘man-made climate disaster’ films in my lifetime starting from ‘On the Beach’ and ‘The Day the Earth Caught Fire’. I’ve just watched ‘Blade Runner 2049’, glory knows why. I won’t make it to 2049 for you to collect, but I’d wager the year won’t look like that! Waterworld (the ‘Exxon Valdez’ is now called the ‘Oriental Nicety’ can you believe?), The Colony, Snowpiercer, Interstellar, Crack in the World (now that was rubbish), Geostorm, …

    And that’s not starting on the documentaries like ‘Idiocracy’

    I really need to get out more.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      April 28, 2020 6:32 pm

      Would have to take exception with your inclusion of ‘On The Beach’, which was a post nuclear apocalypse movie based on Shute’s book.
      That said, there is relevance with the fact that petrol is in very short supply – but only because there uis s no means of supply.

      • Stuart Brown permalink
        April 28, 2020 7:57 pm

        Hmm. My recollection was that the change in the climate was due to accidentally simultaneous atomic tests by Russia and the US, but you are right, Harry, in that it was the aftermath of a war. I must be thinking of something else, but it was still our fault! I read the book before the film.

        It’s true half these ridiculous films are not about disaster due to burning fossil fuels, but wars count IMHO if the point is that it is all-our-fault ™. Alien invasion, zombies, asteroid impacts, Mayan prophecies or the sun needing to be restarted with a NUKE probably don’t. (Don’t get me started on whether if the entire planet was made out of anti-matter it would much affect the sun if dropped into it.)

        Indeed, most films only have the dystopian future as a backdrop to whatever the plot is, but I’d still contend there are more than enough films moralising about our effect on the climate.

      • jack broughton permalink
        April 29, 2020 1:54 pm

        I think that Nevil Shute’s “On the Beach”, while a great read, has been the source of most of the fear-campaigns surrounding nuclear energy. The pen is mightier than the sword, especially when it is wrong.

  12. bluecat57 permalink
    April 28, 2020 5:42 pm

    Not as long as China is financing Hollywood.

  13. BLACK PEARL permalink
    April 28, 2020 5:48 pm

    Yes Paul cultist “NUTJOBS” with a massive public funded media empire to play with.
    What possibly could go wrong !
    BBC licence fee needs decriminalising now not later.

  14. Thomas Carr permalink
    April 28, 2020 6:08 pm

    Michael Moore has just put the whole of his film on You Tube or so my son in Melbourne tells me The BBC should ‘have a gander’ before speaking to Hollywood – see

    https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk11vl-7czE

  15. Curious George permalink
    April 28, 2020 8:11 pm

    There is nothing Hollywood would not do for money.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      April 28, 2020 10:53 pm

      Tell the Truth?

  16. April 29, 2020 1:19 am

    The state of desperation in the climate change sales department may be the good news that it’s getting harder and harder to sell.

  17. April 29, 2020 3:31 am

    Maybe the “Greedy Hollywood Producers” would rather make movies that people will want to watch? (and pay for) 😉 He he! Seems logical.

  18. April 29, 2020 9:28 am

    The argument like water, finds its own level. Paul reiterates the statistical implausibility of climate change, but by stating that “to show that a bit of extra CO2 in the air has not actually changed our lives at all”, will be used as a demonstration that measures taken by the green blob are ‘working’!

    I am horrified at the press on Covid-19, especially the Guardian and BBC, who seem to have set up a ghost scientific think tank going after the government in an unprecedented manner. Its a bit like the process of fracking, like blood in the water, even a scintilla of doubt, possibility, can be pushed at to make an argument referencing incompetence, negligence or lack of comprehension.

    Post-fact and often unscrupulous, this ‘Chinese Torture’ of incendiary headlines and weasel words does nothing for the consensus that the Government is trying to maintain and has to cause a greater danger out of contradiction. If the livid and activist media can do that with an actual and horrendous catastrophe think what any public topic can be reduced to.

    At the end of this scourge it would be best if the government, in order to rebuild the economy, used every source of income at its disposal, something that would make fracking and the greater use of coal in power generation a necessity. This whole media discourtesy to the state and the hauteur of its smug, and largely woke, closed society staffing, has to prickle doubt about the press having to be free, when ‘free’ looks like a government in exile, a political entity.

    In the end, the screeds put out by this irresponsible identitarian clique are actually manifestos. Their sectarian zealotry reminiscent of David Koresh rather than some reformer or any other representation of evolutionary sanity. There is not that element of improvement and hopefulness, rather an insistence that you have to be the whole package to be acceptable, normal, aware. Not just a rational single complimentary proposition but a raft of social concepts which embody the loss of individuality, the destruction of enterprise and a rule of law that not only addresses personal conduct, acceptance of law and order, but stretches into the contrivances of secular thought and any consideration of the variability of humanity, the cloning of society. The use of fright is singular. The fashioning of doubt, practised, its persistence, corrosive.

  19. Phoenix44 permalink
    April 29, 2020 9:47 am

    It never ceases to amaze me that people come to believe their own propaganda. If there us climate change caused by increased CO2 it will be a gradual process which we will barely notice, and will include periods where natural variation decreases temperatures. That’s what the science says.

    But because that isn’t remotely scary, the propagandists invented Extreme Weather so that we would “take action”. But now they’ve forgotten it was a fiction, and demand fiction about a fiction. Maybe someone should make a film about an old man reminiscing from 2100 about how average nightime minimums increased by one degree over his lifetime? Riveting stuff I’m sure

  20. Vernon E permalink
    April 29, 2020 11:50 am

    europeanonion: catch up please. Fracking in the UK is over; our shales are too impermeable for the gas to flow. Cuadrilla bust.

  21. C Lynch permalink
    April 29, 2020 12:35 pm

    I’ve noticed that CAGW advocates still feel the need to narcissisticly portray themselves as brave revolutionary trailblazers fighting against “the man” when in fact they are privileged members of the Establishment whose narrative dominates all the choke points of power in the West.

  22. Mad Mike permalink
    April 29, 2020 12:57 pm

    I think the BBC has a great idea. The format has been done before, create a new world where there is little movement of people, no planes except for the elite to fly around on their very important Climate business, communal living to conserve energy especially for heating and no meat on the menu. Every body accepts its normal until our hero stumbles across an old website called notalotofpeopleknowthat.com and he digs deeper. Soon he discovers more and more clues about how the World Government, you know all those people flying around the world, have hidden the truth which is getting harder and harder to hide.Finally our hero musters enough followers to mount an attack on a government prison where they release someone called Paul Homewood who leads them off in to the sunset.

    I’d cast Jack Nickolson as Al Gore and Colin Firth as Paul.

  23. Gerry, England permalink
    April 29, 2020 1:17 pm

    There is a film to be made about why so many people tell lies about global warming. It might involve a few scenes of torture as the truth is dragged out of some of the leading culprits. It is the greatest scandal in human history so I can’t see how it would not be interesting.

  24. Svend Ferdinandsen permalink
    April 29, 2020 7:47 pm

    A realistic film would be like a film of paint drying, or looking at grass growing. Very boresome.

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