Posted Monday 25 May 2015
HOT AIR, the longform documentary about the politics of climate change in New Zealand, produced by WIFT member Alister Barry, is now on Youtube for free.
After a sellout Wellington premiere at the International Film Festival, and nomination as a finalist in the NZ Film Awards Best Documentary and Best Editing, HOT AIR won the 2013 Bruce Jesson Senior Journalism Award.
Describing its strong use of dramatic news archive and interviews as 'riveting and compelling' judges and critics praised its detailed coverage of conflict and intrigue between government and powerful business players.
HOT AIR chronicles the campaigns mounted by business leaders to delay and obstruct the efforts of National and Labour governments to slow down global warming.
Fearful that a carbon tax and similar proposals would cut their profits, the men in charge of some of New Zealand's biggest businesses hired local and foreign propagandists and climate-change deniers to discredit scientific reports and reverse growing popular and political support for action to reduce global warming.
"We have put HOT AIR up online for free because we want as many of our fellow citizens to understand just how come we have done so little about climate change over the last twenty years." says producer and co director Alister Barry.
"By understanding why we have failed so badly, we can all understand better how to demand urgent action now from our current political leaders."
Watch HOT AIR now at www.hotairfilm.co.nz