Whilst growing up, I was adamant what I wanted to become. I was not interested in being a princess or a fairy, certainly not a ballerina – I wanted to be marine biologist. I am sure I was not alone, and many pre-teen girls wanted to be a marine biologist too, but what was slightly different was there was a particular animal which held an incredible fascination over all the others to me – sharks. I did not see them as monsters, but beautiful relics from a long distant past that were designed so efficiently, yet with so much variety that they were enchanting. Fast forward a few years and despite not being a marine biologist, the ecology and protection of our seas and oceans hold a very deep concern for me. The beautifully shot award winning 2006 film ‘Sharkwater’ told this story too, and so, it was with great delight that I was recently invited to review the second film from filmmaker Rob Stewart – ‘Revolution’.
From the outset, Stewart frames the issues – he created Sharkwater to save sharks, yet by creating the film, he realised the issue is far wider reaching than that. We need to save ourselves. Our continued lack of realisation of how we are effecting our home is quite staggering, despite the mass of signs in front of our eyes. Hence, ‘Revolution’ was conceived. Since its release at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, ‘Revolution’ has won 10 awards – and deservedly so.
A feature length film, filmed over 5 years and in 15 different countries, ‘Revolution’ covers many of the pressing issues that are facing our planet today, starting again with the acidification of oceans, which are leading to huge losses in corals – the building blocks of community life in the oceans, all the way through to deforestation and it’s impact on indigenous people and global climate change. It tells stories of the delicate balance species have with their ecosystems – and how we as a species are inconsiderate to fish stock levels, natural, irreplaceable habitats and how our insatiable thirst for oil has driven us almost to the end of the road.
‘Revolution’ shows the global impact we are having to our environments, but also those who are desperately trying to get the message to those who have the power to create change – the politicians and policy makers. Attending the Cancun Climate Change Conference in 2010, ‘Revolution’ covers the attempts by campaigners to influence discussions going on behind closed doors – many of which end up thwarted and frustratingly with no real progression in strong, applicable policy.
It would be very easy for a film like this to leave nothing but a breathtaking image of despair – how the beautiful world we live in is being pillaged and destroyed, but ‘Revolution’ actually gives a great deal of hope. A particular story of how a group of children writing appeal letters translated into a shark finning ban after watching ‘Sharkwater’ in Saipan shows that no matter how small you think you are, you can create change.
‘Revolution’ is a beautifully shot environmental film with clear and strong messages, but it is a call to action. It is about opening your eyes, changing the world and fighting for something – globally or locally. It is a must see.
And you can see it here… Plus, for every film purchased through the link below, $1 will go directly to the WWF, with the remainder going to Sharkwater Productions further projects. Money well spent we say.
(images and movie courtesy of ‘Revolution’)