HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD

You all need to find time this weekend and race out to see HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD, forget THE MARTIAN, the distributor treats bloggers like shit and Matt Damon will still be selling NASA for weeks to come, sadly this sublime documentary will not. HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD is the story of the commencement of GREENPEACE, when they joined the peace loving hippies with the green ecology loving mother earthers and formed the greatest environmental revolution in history. It is a phenomenal movie and released on September 17th from the peeps at Madman Films. It is rated M and runs for 110mins. I do apologise for my delay in this review, you can thank my now six week flu that sadly my mother now has :(.

 

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HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MOVIE POSTER IMAGE

 

BY JASON KING

RULE ONE: PLANT A MIND BOMB

The above is the first rule of the movie and was the very first introduction to “going viral.” It was 1971 and it commenced with a few hippies from Canada that were appalled at the U.S. testing a nuclear bomb on an island in the Bering Sea called Amchitka. They were hippie activists and had this grand plan of taking a boat and anchoring off the island and thus stopping the nuclear test through passive resistance. Their boat was an old rickety thing (see last picture) and they had little planning besides their drive to succeed. They had a while to kill before the planned test and anchored off Akutan Island which eventually led them to go to shore (illegally) where they saw the remnants and carcasses of hundreds of slaughtered whales and while on this island they also embraced “the psychedelics” and started to discuss how all things are connected and the initial idea of Greenpeace commenced.

Sadly, they were fined for illegally landing on the island and when the Coast Guard reprimanded them and fined the captain another Coast Guard crew member handed them a piece of paper that was signed by all members of the crew (excluding the captain) praising their heroism in trying to stop this atrocity. The Coast Guard crew were reprimanded but Greenpeace got appreciation. Their mission failed due to the U.S. delaying and waiting them out and eventually the captain turned the boat home. The crew were distraught and crushed that they had failed but their act and their morals behind their mission basically went viral over the airwaves and through press. It had begun.

 

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HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | THE FOUNDING HIPPIES OF GREENPEACE

 

RULE TWO: PUT YOUR BODY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS

Bub Hunter is the founding grandfather of Greenpeace, he was basically the leader and the driving force who had the ideas and a grand plan he could see for the future. After their nuclear mission he presented the idea of saving the whales and most of the founders thought he was mad and were not fans but they had faith in Bob and I suppose they loved the idea of what they were doing and the revolutionary exploration into new territories. A lot of the movie is based on Bob’s books, mainly  THE GREENPEACE TO AMCHITKA and THE GREENPEACE CHRONICLES. Bob is a true visionary, a hippy at heart who writes like a poet and had a strong vision of how to make Greenpeace a success. His words are spoken or written over a lot of scenes in the movie and they are remarkable to hear, he is like a greenie Budha. Bob’s greatest realisation was that it was much easier to change the world with a camera than it is with a gun. If only the rest of the world could realise this!!!

 

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HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | THE FOUNDING HIPPIES OF GREENPEACE WITH A BOB HUNTER QUOTE

 

RULE THREE – FEAR SUCCESS

Director Jerry Rothwell gives us a superb view of the story of Greenpeace, a story I really had no idea about. Rothwell bought us the remarkable DEEP WATER in 2006, the documentary about the disastrous 1968 round the world yacht race and like he did with that film he does better with this, his use of the actual 16mm footage of the time makes for a period film that captures the 70s with perfection. The guys took so much footage back in the time due to their need to create the perfect image, stuff they did over and over again to get the point across, but was Bob also thinking that one day in the future this documentary would be made, it is uncanny, it is like we are seeing a movie from the time.

The film is not only inspirational, it is bloody powerful and following on from this documentary I can definitely see a feature film coming in the next ten years, there is so much tension and adversity and David V Goliath in this movie that it demands a blockbuster, the characters alone are worthy of a film.

 

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HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC GREENPEACE PHOTOS, THE VERY FIRST WHALE THEY MADE CONTACT WITH ON THEIR FIRST MISSION TO SAVE THE WHALES, THIS SOLIDIFIED THEIR CAUSE

 

RULE FOUR – THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE ORGANISED

But don’t let the hippies end with Bob, all of the founders are true characters and while they all had a driving vision that united them at the time their personalities were so different and led to an implosion in GREENPEACE, the awesome monster they created was getting too big for them and once politics got involved the group lost its cohesion and true personalities came out. One of the Bob’s closest allies, who was also a more a aggressive hands-on activist was legend Paul Watson, who was the first to be ousted from the Greenpeace movement for going overboard with his passion (how was that pun – boom! oh again!). Leaving was the best thing that happened to Watson, he maintained his friendship with Bob and Bob’s daughter is now one of his crew on his own boat in his own foundation you may have heard of, SEA SHEPHERD, that’s all Paul Watson, his own group of rebels who will die, if need be, for the whales.

But after this the tension got too much for Bob and he eventually stepped down for a few years, I suppose mainly to recuperate but it was during this time that Patrick Moore was put in charge and he had a vision to join all the Greenpeace worldwide groups together and for them to pay allegiance to the Canada base, this led to more politics and this was also the part of the movie I didn’t like, seeing the group of revolutionaries unravel also lost the film’s pace and to be honest Moore became an absolute turd, a total dickhead that now uses everything he became at Greenpeace to represent the opposition in every legal case known to man as the “environmental expert,” seeing one of the founding members of Greenpeace claim global warming is a hoax is enough to make you ill.

RULE FIVE – LET THE POWER GO

Overall the movie plays brilliantly, I did lose hope and interest slightly when it went political and thought the film played too much on the initial footage that went from nuclear activism to whale activism to seal activism to self preservation activism, but at the same time I loved seeing all this old footage, I would have preferred it more if it remained positive with the commencement of their revolution but then we wouldn’t have the truth, and this is something Greenpeace always tries to show the world.

SEE IT!!!

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4 and a Half Pops

 

 

Jason King is the owner and editor of Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia and has been in the Australian movie industry for 25yrs. He loves watching people trip over and is Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest fan. All the social media links to the right and up will allow you to abuse, troll or stalk him :).