Bath’s Octopus Films produces climate change documentary to be shown at COP26

By Anita Jaynes on 27 October, 2021

Bath-based film company Octopus Films has produced a documentary for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) which begins in Glasgow this Sunday 31st October.

ActNowFilm, is due to be shown in the Green Zone at the Conference and is drawn from clips submitted by over 140 young people, from 32 countries. They speak powerfully about how climate change has affected them and convey urgent calls to action to the decision makers at COP26.

Bec, from Australia, one of the contributors in the film, echoes others when she says, “without combatting climate change, we can’t look into the future with any hope.” Others talk about how climate related weather events, such as typhoons, have affected their lives.

Octopus Films was charged with completing the post production, as well as working with student volunteers from British universities to script and structure the film. Creative Director, Ellie Edwards, said, “It’s been hugely rewarding to be part of such a powerful film, on a topic the Octopus team are passionate about… as a company we strive to create a sustainability culture from the suppliers we work with to the way we plan our shoots.

“The film highlights the very real fears of young people across every continent, and I’m hopeful their messages will help mobilise the leaders at COP26 to take meaningful action.”

A cut down version of the film has already successfully premiered at Climate Week NYC.

ActNowFilm is an official COP26 UK Universities Project, co-led by Cambridge Zero and the University of Bath’s Institute for Policy Research. Amy Thompson, Head of Policy Programmes and Communications at the University of Bath, said, “From our first conversation with Octopus Films it was clear to us that they were a great match for our ActNowFilm project. They provided structure,  guidance and fresh ideas to all our team and totally embraced the opportunities of this project. Their foundations in sustainable film production also aligned so well to the ethos of our film.”

From 31st October – 12th November, COP26 will bring together international government negotiators, decision-makers, and policymakers in Glasgow and beyond to discuss how they should accelerate action towards stopping climate change. From small island states to countries with rapidly growing urban areas, representatives from 197 countries are expected to join.

Octopus Films was founded nine years ago as a full-service video production company. With clients such as BBC’s Countryfile Live, the British Council and Medical Detection Dogs, Octopus Films helps organisations and businesses connect emotionally with their audience.

Watch the film here.

To find out more about Octopus Films visit: octopus-films.co.uk and follow them on Instagram.