Jersey Opera House has exclusive rights to be the first Channel Island venue to screen Project Wild Thing; an ambitious documentary that sets about reconnecting children with nature.
The eco-film, which will be screened on Sunday 27th October at 3pm, takes a funny and revealing look at the increasingly fragile connection between British kids and the environment. It’s directed by and stars concerned parent David Bond who is troubled by his children’s detachment from the environment in favour of ‘the great indoors’ and an alarming dependency on screens – whether they be TV, Computer, iphone or i-pad!
As far as David is concerned, his kids’ waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing and technological gadgetry which threaten to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors – not like it was back in his day. Taking matters into his own hands, he decides it’s time to get back to nature – literally, and this documentary plots his plight.
In an attempt to compete with the brands, which take up a third of his daughter’s life, Bond appoints himself Marketing Director for Nature. Like any self-respecting salesman, he sets about developing a campaign and a logo. With the help of a number of bemused professionals, he soon starts selling nature to British families. His humorous journey unearths some painful truths about modern family life. Although his product is free, plentiful and has proven benefits, is nature past its sell-by date?
Contributors to this film include Naturalist Chris Packham, Professor Agnes Nairn, writer and environmentalist George Monbiot, scientist Jaak Panksepp, writer Jay Griffiths, Professor Michael Depledge, advertising guru Michael Wolff, and Brain Scientist Prof. Baroness Susan Greenfield.
Jersey Opera House is hoping to collaborate with the States of Jersey Environment Department, the National Trust for Jersey, Durrell and other local environmental organisations to promote this show. On Sunday 27th October there will also be eco-stalls around the theatre to further emphasis the importance of this campaign.