Film Review – Living the Change (2018) *** 1/2

Title – Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future (2018)

Directors – Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson (A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity)

Cast – Helen Dew, Charles Eisenstein, Mike Joy, Susan Krumdieck

Plot – A documentary look at how citizens of New Zealand are doing their part of preserve our planet and plan to live a more sustainable future.

“Being unsustainable isn’t just a bit unfortunate, it is an existential threat to our species”

Review by Eddie on 30/07/2018

Whether you choose to believe it or not, we’ve all heard and seen things relating to the topic of climate change and human beings over-consumption of our natural resources and the way in which humanity is seemingly abusing the one Earth we’ve been given, in what has become a hot topic subject for much of the world since the turn of the 21st century.

It’s been a popular subject for many documentaries from Al Gore’s famous An Inconvenient Truth through to smaller films such as Before the Flood, now joining that ranks is small independent documentary Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future which brings things down a level to encourage and promote a lifestyle we can all live to ensure that we are doing our parts to maintain our planets balance and plan for a future where we don’t rely on the hazardous day to day activities we’ve become accustomed to.

Directed by duo and real life partners Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson who filmed Living the Change on a trip they took in the beautiful and naturally rich New Zealand, the film is an easily accessible look into the lives of everyday citizens that have chosen to do something about their day to day lives and help (in ways both big and small) to stop waste, reliance on supermarket chains and to do their bit for our fragile planet.

It’s refreshing to see stories and real-life people doing their part in a situation that affects each and every one of us and while large scale documentaries may try and unearth huge revelations or shock factors, Living the Change brings issues home in a relatable and easy to digest fashion that will be both an encouragement for viewers and a simple eye-opener for many who will begin to realise that often change starts small and grows into something much bigger.

The other huge ace up Living the Change’s sleeve is in its capturing of the stunning New Zealand surrounds. Having myself been lucky enough to visit this breathtakingly beautiful slice of paradise, Osmond and Wilson do a great job at showcasing the landscape and the colourful people New Zealand is famous for harbouring and it’s clear that everyone involved here appreciates there natural surrounds and in turn the world they have been blessed to inhabit.

Final Say –

In bringing some sombre and important messages back down to ground level, Living the Change offers and enjoyable and informative look at what can be done to do our part of preserving our planet as it stands as well as offering a visually rich tour of New Zealand as a bonus.

3 ½ compost thermostats out of 5

Living the Change will be available on Demand from August 4 via iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Video, Xbox, Sony PSN & Kanopy

To find out more about the film visit the films official website at – https://livingthechangefilm.com/

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