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18 November 2021

The rising tide of public opinion.

by Jason Stone

Short Films: “Hot Air” - 2 mins

This compellingly earnest short film from Chris Parton of Teepee Films looks at the climate crisis from the perspective of ordinary people living in Glasgow the city which recently hosted the Cop 26 conference. Among those who contributed their voices to this film, there is a genuine recognition of the seriousness of the situation, and a very real sense that the world leaders who attended the event are fiddling while Rome burns.

Perhaps the most striking moment in this two-minute long exploration comes from a woman wondering aloud whether or not she should have had a second baby. In that moment of introspection, she exhibits more responsibility than any of the political figures who attended Cop 26, inclined as they are to court world opinion with performative determination, while haggling behind-the-scenes to ensure that their economic interests aren't damaged by meaningful action.

Parton's film builds to a striking crescendo as the concerned voices express their worries for the future.

Paradoxically, the exhibitions of pessimism contained in this film offer a ray of hope... after all, if working class Glaswegians are alive to the danger of climate change, perhaps we are approaching a sea change in public opinion which will force governments and corporations to finally take it seriously too.

Film Production: Teepee Films Ⓦ
Director: Chris Parton
Producer: Tom Precey
Cinematographer: Daniel Purse
1st AC / Focus Puller: Ross Elliott
Editor: Owen O'Sullivan @ Marshall Street Editors Ⓟ Ⓦ
VFX: Sean McNamee
Colourist: Peter Oppersdorff @ MPC Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Lewis Gregory
Composer: Lewis Gregory

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