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Finite: The Climate of Change



Finite: The Climate of Change in UK theatres from 15th February.

Finite: The Climate of Change is an insider’s view on the world of direct action; a raw, authentic and emotional insight into the David and Goliath battle between frontline communities, activists and fossil fuel corporations. It lays bare what the green leaders of the world are really doing to our natural environment but also how collective action can turn the tide against all odds.

Finite is being released in the wake of the UK government approving a new underground coal mine in Cumbria, the first of its kind for 30 years. The film’s release is also against the backdrop of recently escalating anti-coal protests in the same region of Germany where Finite was filmed.

Environmental activism film Finite: The Climate of Change secures theatrical release

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Concerned citizens in Germany step forward to save an ancient forest from one of Europe’s biggest coal mines, whilst they form an unlikely alliance with a frustrated community in rural northeast England who are forced into action to protect their homes from a new opencast coal mine.

9th February 2022: Feature documentary Finite: The Climate of Change has secured UK theatrical release from 15th February 2023. Espresso Media is handling global distribution, with sales to Japan (NHK) and Estonia (ERR) so far confirmed.

Finite: The Climate of Change is an insider’s view on the world of direct action; a raw, authentic and emotional insight into the David and Goliath battle between frontline communities, activists and fossil fuel corporations. It lays bare what the green leaders of the world are really doing to our natural environment but also how collective action can turn the tide against all odds.

Director and cinematographer Rich Felgate is climate activist turned filmmaker. In the making of Finite, his debut film, he spent a year and a half living in protest camps in the UK and Germany with the communities featured in the film. Felgate previously worked at Back2Back TV as a researcher.

From 15th February the film will be screened in theatres across the UK. The film is currently screening in independent cinemas and community spaces in Germany: www.finite-film.com/screenings

FINITE: The Climate of Change was screened at the COP26 Fringe and is directed by Rich Felgate, produced by Ryan Keane and edited by Ariadna Fatjó-Vilas (Oscar nominated The Act of Killing). Ryan Keane (Sooner or Later, Butterfly Love Song) produced with Felgate, and Chris Richmond (Drone Strike) and Hugh Hartford (Thank You For The Rain (ZDF/Arte), Maya (BFI & ZDF/Arte), Ping Pong (Film4)) executive produced. Daniel Díaz (Camaleón) co-produced with Felgate.

The film had its UK premiere at BAFTA-qualifying Leeds International Film Festival, its World premiere at Doc Edge International Film Festival in New Zealand and its Balkans premiere at DokuFest, Kosovo. It won the Focus Future Award at its European Premiere at Internationales Filmfest Emden-Norderney and Best Newcomer at Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival, Germany in 2022. It was awarded the Quablier d'Argent at Cinémaplanète International Film Festival, and Best Feature Documentary and the Audience Award for Feature Documentary at the North East International Film Festival. In January 2023 it was presented with the Grand Prix Impact Award at FIPADOC in Biarritz.

Rich Felgate, Director, Producer and Cinematographer of Finite: The Climate of Change, says “The UK’s first new deep coal mine in 30 years has just been given the green light in Cumbria and there’s an impending review into extending another mine in Wales, a year after the UK government told the rest of the world to phase out coal at COP26. The International Energy Agency has said we cannot exploit new fossil fuel reserves if we are to limit global heating to 1.5 degrees. But in Germany, a village just got demolished to expand a coal mine. The hypocrisy is so stark, no wonder people are taking matters into their own hands. Perhaps this is all we have left, so there's never been a more vital time for this film to show the world what is really happening on the frontlines of climate action.”


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