Planetary 12A


Please note: This was screened in Nov 2015

Guy Reid
Janine Benyus, Ronald Garan, Joan Halifax
85 mins, 2015, UK/Canada/India

Climate change is a topic which seems to slip in and out of the headlines. Stunning new documentary Planetary firmly puts the focus on the urgent need to protect this breathtaking and awe-inspiring planet we inhabit. The Earth is our most precious asset, and director Guy Reid’s (Overview) documentary is a timely reminder that we need to take action now to safeguard our future.

Planetary is a provocative and breath-taking wake up call – a cross-continental cinematic journey that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. Reminiscent of Godfrey Reggio’s beloved ‘Qatsi’ Trilogy, Planetary merges a beautiful score by Human Suits with spectacular imagery. The film interweaves images from NASA Apollo missions with visions of the Milky Way, Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, and the sounds of downtown Tokyo and Manhattan, with interviews from renowned experts including astronauts, environmentalists, authors, anthropologists and Tibetan Buddhists. They each shed new light on the ways our current worldview is profoundly affecting life on our planet.

  • The 11:00 screening will be followed by a discussion on the issues raised by the film with the film's writer and editor Steve Watts Kennedy and Darren Hall, the Green party parliamentary candidate for Bristol West. Chaired by Andrew Kelly, director of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and Bristol Festival of Ideas.

Due to popular demand we have added a second screening of the film at 13:40 which will be introduced by writer and editor Steve Watts Kennedy.

Presented in partnership with Festival of Ideas as part of Bristol Green Capital.