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With Climate Week North East in full swing we're bringing you a special edition of #BelmontRecommends focusing on films & documentaries that touch on Environmental themes, Sustainability and Climate Change.
 
View the Climate Week North East 2021 Programme
We'd love to hear what you've been enjoying watching so feel free to drop us a message with your recommendations over social or email and they may feature in a future issue! Don't forget to follow our social media channels for more film content and reopening updates. - you can follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 
Greenland (2020) // Ric Roman Waugh

Head of Cinema Operations: Colin

"Although Greenland may not be the first film one would think about with an Environmental message it's a Hollywood blockbuster that touches softly on some of the less trodden ground of the disaster film, the politics of who gets left behind and who is saved. Climate justice should be in all our thoughts. In Greenland the poor, the disabled and the low-skilled are left behind, while Gerald Butler lives to fight another day."

Watch on Prime
A Life On Our Planet (2020) // David Attenborough

Marketing Officer: Abbie

“This documentary makes for difficult, but essential viewing. It lays bare the effect humanity has had on our planet without sugar-coating it, and at times the future looks very bleak. But this documentary does show a way out - detailing what changes we can do now to make a difference to our future and the generations to come.”

Watch on Netflix
Fitzcarraldo (1981) // Werner Herzog

Head of Cinema Operations: Colin

"Herzog readily dips into Environmental themes in his work, no more obviously in his documentaries like Grizzly Man and Encounters At The End Of The World. Perhaps often he is too ambivalent or willing to accept the 'chaos' of nature or humanity's relationship with it. But in Fitzcarraldo the overwhelming message is the hubris of man's exploitation and colonialization of the natural world. A glorious failure on a rickety steamship; Caruso blaring, Kinski wide-eyed and wide-mouthed."

Watch on BFI Player
The Biggest Little Farm (2018) // John Chester

Education Team

To mark Climate Week North East, this week’s Education recommends puts a spotlight on sustainability. The Biggest Little Farm follows an American couple as they try to develop a sustainable farm in California.  This documentary educates on farming practices, the food chain and sustainable living. A really engaging film, featuring many adorable animals!

Find out more about Climate Week and their school resource packs here
Climate Week North East // 2021

Climate Week North East is an annual 10 days of fun, interesting and educational events here in the North East, designed to let you know more about what is going on here and how you can live more sustainably. 

Discover the full programme 
Becoming Earthy Film Season // The Barn Arts
 
This first online film season at the Barn, curated by filmmaker Huw Wahl, is a space to come together and think about what an expanded, or broader notion of ecological cinema might look like. Through screenings, conversations, and Q&As with filmmakers who explore the materiality of what surrounds us and our day-to-day lives, the selection will draw us into encounters with the skin of the earth and the elements we find there (landscape, animal, tree, person, rock, plant), uncovering the unique making practices within which perhaps we can find new ways to think about climate advocacy, and the ecology of creativity itself.

Find out more
The Cloud Forest: Film Screening + Discussion // Take One Action

With birdsong, the sound of water flowing and the wind as its only musical soundtrack, this gentle, contemplative documentary offers an intimate and inspiring portrait of community resilience.

Sometimes, ordinary people can make extraordinary change. Join Take One Action for a free film screening and discussion to explore community resilience and how we can “be the change”.


Sign up here
Enjoy landmark classic and cult films with one month FREE on BFI Player! To access your special offer please visit here, create your account or sign in, choose your subscription type and add in the code PARTNER20. 

Please note this voucher code only applies to Subscription films and not Rentals.You will be prompted enter your payment card details: if you cancel before the end of the trial, you won't be charged – if you decide to stay on, you'll start a standard paid subscription with BFI Player (£4.99 per month). This offer is not compatible with the BFI Player Channel on Amazon Prime and the Apple TV app.
Belmont Filmhouse has partnered up with MUBI to offer our customers three months of films entirely FREE! With a selection ranging from cult classics to award-winning masterpieces, and a new film added every day, there's something for everyone to enjoy - with even more cinema to enjoy through their new LIBRARY

The button on the sign-up page will prompt you to enter your credit card details: if you cancel before the end of the trial, you won't be charged – if you decide to stay on, you'll start a standard paid subscription with MUBI.
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