Yes, it's that time of year again for the Transitions Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia, which is a feast of documentaries for people interested in changing the world.
The ones that are taking my interest are The Yes Men are Revolting which is by and I quote from the blurb on the site: "activist-pranksters Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, the infamous culture-jamming duo known for courageously fooling big government and mega-corporations with their precision impersonations".
This film is absolutely hilarious full of environmental pranks, hoaxes and stunts, and is about fighting crazy with crazy. After all, why tackle something as non-sensical as the way corporates are ravaging our earth, by doing or saying something SENSIBLE?! Andy and Mike (not their real names of course) insinuate their way in to public meeting then televised press conferences masquarading as various corporates and public personalities. They bounce from one climate hotspot to the next apologising on behalf of Shell and with their theatrics, sense of irony, cynicism and black humour acutely highlight multinational MADNESS. With Survivaballs, Melting Arctic Prop and Crude Oil Drink Dispenser, Synthetic Polar Bear in tow, the film really works. With enough funding this film should come out on general release. Environmental pranks, stunts and hoaxes have always been a topic of interest to us on this site.
The other one of interest is Not Business as Usual, and again I quote from the site:
"Not Business as Usual showcases the world’s leading subversive businesses that are at the forefront of a growing Conscious Capitalism movement. These innovative organisations are disrupting the status quo by putting profits on equal footing with people and planet and driving large scale change as a result. "
Without the cooperation of big business, us campaigners have not a hope in achieving a cleaner, resource efficient world. We have a long way to go but every day we are achieving great strides in getting big business and governments to wake up to the global impacts being wrought on our earth. The decline in popularity of Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia is proof of the fact that the Australian population are not going to sit back and watch our nation's natural heritage be trashed by big business.
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