(UK | 2012 | 98 min | Dir: Candida Brady)
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On a boat in the North Pacific he faces the reality of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the effect of plastic waste on marine life. We learn that chlorinated dioxins and other man-made Persistent Organic Pollutants are attracted to the plastic fragments. These are eaten by fish, which absorb the toxins. We then eat the fish, accumulating more poisonous chemicals in our already burdened bodies. Meanwhile, global warming, accelerated by these emissions from landfill and incineration, is melting the ice-caps and releasing decades of these old poisons, which had been stored in the ice, back into the sea. And we learn that some of the solutions are as frightening and toxic as the problem itself.
Academy Award ® winning actor Jeremy Irons is no stranger to taking centre stage. But his role as our guide in Trashed, highlighting solutions to the pressing environmental problems facing us all, could well be his most important yet. “We’ve make this movie because there are so many people who feel strongly the urgent need for the problem of ‘waste’ and ‘sustainability’ to be addressed,” Irons says. “There is an equally urgent need for the most imaginative and productive solutions to this troublesome subject to be understood and shared by as many communities as possible
throughout the world. This is where movies can play such an important role, educating society, bringing ‘difficult’ subjects to the broadest possible audience. If you look at Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth, like it or loathe it, everyone’s heard of it.
Potentially movies have the power to reach everyone, touch us on an emotional level and to galvanise us.” Candida Brady spent over two years researching and filming Trashed, but Brady has been focused on the problems of waste and the environment for most of her adult life. “As a lifelong asthmatic I have always been interested in the effects of pollution. But it was meeting an environmental doctor (who saved my life) that opened my eyes to the direct effects the environment has on our health,“ explains Brady. “When I was young I was the only kid with an inhaler—these days it’s fast becoming the opposite.”
Having faced the worst through much of Trashed, Jeremy Irons turns to hope. He goes in search of solutions. From
individuals who have changed their lives and produce almost no waste, to increasing anti-waste legislation, to an entire city that is now virtually waste-free, he discovers that change is not only essential, but happening.
Official website: www.trashedfilm.com