Curious Films and Picture Zero are producing a documentary for BBC iPlayer and international distribution which follows the UK Climate Assembly, a special panel of people from all walks of life across the UK together brought together to help decide how the country can reach net zero by 2050.

The People vs Climate Change (1×60’) follows the panel’s 108 members as they debate the complex challenges of tackling climate crisis in a fair way and make proposals to Parliament. Along the way, they are given briefings from scientists and experts including Sir David Attenborough, and then through discussion and debate develop a series of recommendations.

The documentary tracks their personal journeys as they learn more about the science, and shows how people formerly disengaged from the climate debate transform into ‘net zero heroes’ on the way.

Dov Freedman, Executive Producer and Co-Founder, Curious Films says: “This is a timely and important documentary and we are thrilled to have it launching on BBC iPlayer before a wider release. Produced while the UK battles with Covid, it’s a reminder that we face another great challenge as a society which needs equal urgency and attention.”

Steve Smith, Executive Producer at Picture Zero, adds: “This documentary is testament to how giving people the right knowledge and the opportunity to have their voices heard is crucial to tackling climate change. As our documentary shows, the Climate Assembly inspired more people to not only make changes within their own lives, but also emboldened them to influence those around them, including their friends, families, colleagues and communities, and even the government itself. We hope the government will continue to listen to the people as it works to meet its ambitious net zero targets.”

The People vs Climate Change is a co-production from Curious Films, twice BAFTA Winners and producers of documentaries Caroline Flack: Her Life & Death and Being Frank: The Frank Gardner Story, and Picture Zero, producers of the podcast and animated series So Hot Right Now.  It is narrated by BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood, directed by Harriet Bird and executive produced by double Emmy and BAFTA winner Charlie Russell and Dov Freedman.  The documentary has been made with the support of The Doc Society Climate Story Fund and the BFI Doc Society Production SOS Fund.


Jon Creamer

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