60th BFI London Film Festival to host Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change documentary

September 22, 2016

Before the Flood, produced by DiCaprio with Martin Scorsese as an Executive Producer, will have its European premiere at this year’s London Film Festival. It will be a Special Presentation programme addition on Saturday 15 September.

The film follows DiCaprio as he speaks to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of climate change and investigates solutions to the pressing challenge. Director, Fisher Stevens said “my hope is that this film provides a global wake-up call about our inevitable fate should we fail to act.”

For further information and tickets visit the BFI website.



Find the world’s smallest solar powered cinema at Glastonbury this summer

May 21, 2015

solcinemaFor those lucky enough to have tickets for Glastonbury Festival on 24 – 28 June, Sol Cinema will be screening a wide range of Independent shorts on environmental themes free of charge. You will be able to find the converted caravan, which comfortably seats up to eight adults or ten children, in the Circus and Theatre Field. The team will be welcoming guests for up to six hours a day. Sol cinema has been showing films at events across the UK and Ireland since 2010, and is made from a reconditioned 1970s caravan with 80% recycled materials. A 120W solar panel is used to send the sun’s energy to a 300ah battery pack, keeping it constantly charged to run the cinema’s projector, sound system, lighting box and lap-tops. The cinema is a perfect showcase for how technology can support sustainability and bring film to wider audiences.


A carbon footprint for the UK Film Industry

March 3, 2015

At the recent Greening the Screen 2015 event held by BFI and BAFTA, the size of carbon footprints was of course up for discussion. The panellists, who represented both film and television production, discussed their experiences and shared useful tips such as using local crews, eliminating disposable water bottles and researching low-energy lighting solutions online.

The BFI’s Research and Statistics Unit provided an estimate of what the annual carbon footprint for UK film production might be, which they calculated at 149,760 CO2 tonnes. So if 1 tonne of CO2 would fill a cube the size of six double decker buses, or around the size of a semi-detached house on a typical suburban street, the footprint for UK film production would be around 900,000 double decker buses or a small town of semi-detached houses.

Another way to think about it is that the average UK citizen generates 7.5 tonnes of carbon per annum, while a film crew working on an 8-week shoot will on average generate 2.69 tonnes per crew member.

The good news is there’s clearly a great deal that we are doing to reduce our carbon footprint in film and TV production. The message is beginning to be embraced and as more and more productions think green we are moving ever closer to achieving an ecologically sustainable production sector.

Breakdown of carbon footprints for productions discussed at Greening the Screen 2015

Breakdown of carbon footprints for productions discussed at Greening the Screen 2015


Greening the Screen 2015

December 22, 2014


Greening the Screen logoThe BFI and BAFTA  present the next in their series of Greening the Screen events on Wednesday 14 January 2015, with an afternoon of panel discussions and presentations showcasing current best practice for environmentally responsible production. Featuring leading practitioners from both film and television, the event will explore how the industry can act to lessen its environmental  impact both now and in the future, and what steps everyone can take to support sustainable practice.

The afternoon will concentrate on factual and scripted productions with contributions including from Caroline Cooper Charles (Producer, The Incident), Melanie Dicks (Greenshoot), Gareth Tandy (First Assistant Director, 45 Years),  Jane Hooks (Co-Producer, The Woman in Black) and Patrick Schweitzer (Producer, Call the Midwife and Whitechapel), and will be moderated by impressionist and green campaigner Alistair McGowan.

For further information and tickets please visit the BAFTA website.



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Getting greener with RE:FIT

May 7, 2014

The Greater London Authority is hosting an event with RE:FIT on 15 May,  for building based organisations in the cultural and heritage sectors seeking to reduce their carbon footprint and operating costs.

Keynote speaker Alex Beard, CEO of the Royal Opera House, spearheaded the environmental sustainability programme at Tate Modern, embedding sustainability across all aspects of the operation, saving over 2,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, enough to fill the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern 15 times; and reducing costs by £350,000.

The event will also share information about the Mayor of London’s award-winning RE:FIT programme and how it is supporting London’s public sector to improve energy performance of their buildings, reduce energy bills and carbon foot prints.

PrintVenue: The London Living Room in City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2AA

When: Thursday 15 May, 10 30 – 12.30 (registration starts at 10am)

For futher information contact





A recent study estimated that screen production (film and TV) in London alone produces 125,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.


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