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14 October 2010 | PR 10/158

Radar - Films for Thought

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Radar, Loughborough University’s contemporary arts programme, is hosting a series of film screenings in October and November to complement ‘Building Green’, the current season of artist research into sustainability and food production.  Showcasing three international award winning films that aim to make you think twice about your environment and consumption (the hot potato of our generation) Radar offers a rare opportunity to see them for free.

The first film in the series is Food Inc, an Oscar nominee, which uncovers the truths in the American food industry in a thought provoking documentary.   Featuring and produced by Eric Schlosser, the bestselling author of Fast Food Nation, the film explores farming on a mass scale, looking into the ethics of animal farming and abuse of the environment.

An Inconvenient Truth, produced by Participant Media, the company behind Food Inc, present a multi award winning documentary featuring the once Vice President of America, Al Gore. The film aims to raise public awareness about climate change as a global issue. “Each one of us is a cause of global warming, but each one of us can make choices to change that with the things we buy, the electricity we use, the cars we drive; we can make choices to bring our individual carbon emissions to zero” states Al Gore. The film follows his one man battle to get global warming understood, demonstrating the impact our daily habits, such as leaving the lights on, if left unchecked will have on the earth, and presenting a political side to the drama. “We have everything that we need to reduce carbon emissions, everything but political will”

The last film in the season, Our Daily Bread provides a European focus, looking at food production in our own fields and factories. The film shows how profits are maximised and safety is compromised by turning farming into a mechanical vehicle of production known as ‘high-tech agriculture’. The viewer experiences how our nation’s food supplies are cultivated in a system where animals, crops and people are small cogs in a new, modern, food chain where the battery chicken is familiar and GM crops are essential. Long gone are the days of one man working on his land for an honest wage.

Films will be shown at Cope Auditorium, Loughborough University, 7.00pm on:

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For all media enquiries contact:

Amelia Beavis-Harrison
Programme Assistant
Loughborough University Arts
T: 01509 222881
E: a.beavis-harrison@lboro.ac.uk / radar.info@lboro.ac.uk

Notes for editors:

  1. Radar is Loughborough University’s contemporary arts programme, hosting three seasons of work each year.  Each season of commissions, talks, films and events is inspired by a particular area of research or inquiry being investigated by artists and academics.  The programme sets out to encourage creative exploration and critical debate, working, in particular, with artists whose practice seeks to reinterpret the relationship between artist, environment and spectator.

    For more information on this and all other arts events taking place at the University go to www.arts.lboro.ac.uk

  2. The Building Green film season
    . Food, Inc; directed by Robert Kenner was nominated for the 2010 Oscars and was the winner of the Gotham Awards Best Documentary, and the Independent Spirits Best Documentary award.

    . Inconvenient Truth, directed by Davis Guggenheim stars Al Gore and won two Oscars, and the Critics Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature.

    . Our Daily Bread, directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter won the Adolf Grimme Award 2008.

  3. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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