Cannes: Show me the Green

Sustainable filmmaking was an issue at the discussion Show me the Green with filmmakers and producers at the British Pavilion in Cannes. The Australian producer Trish Lake who produced with her company Freshwater Pictures documentaries such as The Burning Season and the award-winnig Sharkwater pointed out that she feels a responsibility as filmmaker to cover environmental subjects especially since Australia is one of the biggest carbon polluters.


“When we produced our movie Scottish Mussel, we were trying to stick to the British standard BS8909”, reports Talulah Riley, Actress, Writer /Director of the Scottish eco-romance. For this low-budget production the crew tried to limit transportation, they did car sharing and the actors brought there own costumes. “In this was, we were very sustainable”, explains the filmmaker, “but as a low-budget production we could not afford to get an official certificate from BAFTA.”

“We are trying to produce our movies as sustainable as possible”, says Andrea Schütte, producer of Hamburg-based production outfit Tamtam Film . “At the time we set up our company, the Filmförderung Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein launched the Green Shooting Card. We decided to follow these rules. I think, we have a certain responsibility to take care of our environment. This is much more about than just money.”

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