Curious Films and Picture Zero have joined forces on The People vs Climate Change, a one-hour doc for UK streamer BBC iPlayer and international distribution.
The copro follows the UK Climate Assembly, a panel of people from all walks of life brought together to help decide how the country can reach net zero by 2050. The doc tracks the panel’s 108 members as they debate the challenges of tackling the climate crisis in a fair way, and make proposals to Parliament.
The film also explores their personal journeys as they learn more about the science, and illustrates how people formerly disengaged from the climate debate transform into “net zero heroes” on the way.
“This is a timely and important documentary and we are thrilled to have it launching on BBC iPlayer before a wider release,” Dov Freedman, executive producer and co-founder, Curious Films, said in a statement. “Produced while the UK battles with COVID, it’s a reminder that we face another great challenge as a society which needs equal urgency and attention.”
Adds Steve Smith, executive producer at Picture Zero: “This documentary is testament to how giving people the right knowledge and the opportunity to have their voices heard is crucial to tackling climate change. As our documentary shows, the Climate Assembly inspired more people to not only make changes within their own lives, but also emboldened them to influence those around them, including their friends, families, colleagues and communities, and even the government itself. We hope the government will continue to listen to the people as it works to meet its ambitious net zero targets.”
The People vs Climate Change is a co-production from Curious Films, the two-time BAFTA-winning producer of documentaries Caroline Flack: Her Life & Death and Being Frank: The Frank Gardner Story, and Picture Zero, producer of the podcast and animated series So Hot Right Now. It is directed by Harriet Bird and executive produced by double Emmy and BAFTA winner Charlie Russell and Freedman.
The documentary has been made with the support of The Doc Society Climate Story Fund and the BFI Doc Society Production SOS Fund.