How To Change The World, a film covering the emergence of Greenpeace, will be one of four films shown at Bellingen tomorrow as part of SWIFF.
How To Change The World, a film covering the emergence of Greenpeace, will be one of four films shown at Bellingen tomorrow as part of SWIFF.

Film covers birth of global environment movement

GREENPEACE, the organisation synonymous with environmental protection, started out as a small crew of protesters blockading a nuclear test zone in 1971.

Today the Screenwave International Film Festival will screen How To Change The World, Jerry Rothwell's self-described "hippy heist" film that chronicles the birth of the environmental movement and global spread into what it has become today, with the co-founders ultimately splitting into separate factions such as anti-whaling organisation Sea Shepherd.

How To Change The World is one of four films in the Sunday festival line-up, representing four separate countries.

Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad's soulful cityscape of Tehran, Tales, started as a collection of short films to bypass the Iranian government's Ministry of Culture. Opening to a sold out crowd of more than 2000 people at Sydney's State Theatre, Bani- Etemad's film was awarded best screenplay and the Silver Lion for best director at Venice Film Festival.

French film Gabrielle uncovers a love story between two people facing disability in their lives. With a contagious joie de vivre and an exceptional musical gift, Gabrielle falls for a man, much to the concern of her family. The film creates an important discussion about disability rights, with beautiful and rigorous storytelling.

To cap off the day, Bellingen plays host to festival guests Louise Wadley and Jay Rutovitz, the director and producer team behind Aussie comedy road movie All About E, about a DJ at one of Sydney's top gay nightclubs, after she comes across a duffel bag of cash and goes on the run.

Films start from 11.30am. For the program and tickets, visit www.swiff.com.au or call 6652 8088.