Richard Curtis goes dark for climate change film
Video: 10:10 campaign pulls film that blows up schoolchildren and David Ginola
What was he thinking? Richard Curtis had backing from a host of charities and celebrities for his short film, No Pressure, on the 10:10 project – a campaign to reduce our carbon emissions by 10 per cent starting this year. Gillian Anderson, Peter Crouch, David Ginola and Ledley King had all agreed to appear in the film, and music was donated by Radiohead.
And then, Curtis decided to write a joke.
In each segment of the four minute short, zealous environmental campaigners use detonators to literally blow up members of the public, including schoolchildren, who choose not to work with them. Once the naysayers have been blown to smithereens, the campaigners go about their day as if nothing happened.
Unfortunately for Curtis, the film has also blown up in his face. Within a few hours of its release, the 10:10 team pulled the film, posting an apology "to anyone we have offended".
In response, Curtis said: "I was worried that the environment is an issue that can seem worthy and we will all just drift into disaster. So I thought it was worth trying to write something unexpected.
"But when you try to be funny on a serious subject, it's obviously risky. I hope people who don't like the little film will still think about the big issue and try to do something about it." ·
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