A long way from Home

homer.jpgFilm review corner: Dr Ron Smith, a senior lecturer at the University of Waikato and a regular contributor to Muriel Newman’s crank echochamber went to see Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s film Home earlier this month (previewed here), and was moved to provide Muriel with a review. As crank effluvia go, it’s a classic…

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The home front

This is the trailer for Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s new movie Home, to be released worldwide on World Environment Day (June 5th) – on YouTube, DVD, and in cinemas and special screenings in 50 countries round the world. Arthus-Bertrand is best known for his aerial photography and the 3-million selling book Earth From Above. He describes Home thus:

We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate. The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and Home has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.

A good cause, and to judge from some of the “making of” clips at the YouTube site, a spectacular movie. The Alliance Francaise is organising a showing in Wellington, and there are related events in Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland (I can’t find details of those at the time of writing — if someone knows more, please post in comments…).

[Update: See comments for full list of NZ showings, organised by AF.]

[Billy Bragg]