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ABOUT HOT AIR


Vanguard films presents
HOT AIR – A documentary by Alister Barry & Abi King-Jones

CLIMATE CHANGE POLITICS
IN NEW ZEALAND

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ABOUT HOT AIR


Vanguard films presents
HOT AIR – A documentary by Alister Barry & Abi King-Jones

CLIMATE CHANGE POLITICS
IN NEW ZEALAND

WATCH hot aiR >

Hot Air

DIRECTORS
Alister Barry, Abi King-Jones

PRODUCER/SCREENPLAY
Alister Barry

PHOTOGRAPHY
Shane Loader

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Errol Wright

EDITOR
Abi King-Jones

CONSULTANTS
Ian Johnstone, Russell Campbell

SOUND
Matt Stutter

MUSIC
David Long

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Nominated for Best Documentary, New Zealand Film Awards 2014 

Nominated for Best Documentary Editor: Abi King-Jones, New Zealand Film Awards 2014

Winner: Bruce Jesson Senior Journalism Award 2013

During the summer of 1988 temperatures soared across America causing widespread droughts. Huge forest fires raged in California. Climate change was now on the world's political agenda and New Zealand promised to do its share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

HOT AIR is the story of twenty years of political struggle between politicians, scientists and activists wanting to reduce New Zealand's emissions, and corporate leaders and their lobbyists working to protect profits and commercial advantage.  

Key political leaders inside and outside parliament describe their victories and defeats, and businessmen and lobbyists explain their strategies and concerns. Political commentators and academics take us behind the scenes to show how politics in New Zealand really works.

Including a wealth of archival material and interviews, this feature documentary is a thoughtful and provocative response to the question - is it possible for a small modern democratic nation to address the greatest political challenge of our age?

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Reviews


Reviews

"HOT AIR constitutes one of the most persuasive arguments for radical, ruthless and rapid policy implementation on behalf of people and planet that I have ever encountered."

Reviews


Reviews

"HOT AIR constitutes one of the most persuasive arguments for radical, ruthless and rapid policy implementation on behalf of people and planet that I have ever encountered."

 
For more than 40 years, Wellington filmmaker Alister Barry has been remembering on our behalf what we are always at risk of forgetting.

His meticulously compiled documentaries - particularly his first three films this century, Someone Else’s Country; In a Land of Plenty; and A Civilised Society – sound a quietly angry call for social justice in a society that is typically reflected to us in primetime soundbites.

In the riveting Hot Air, ... he turns his attention to our shameful record in dealing with carbon emissions and finds a story of conscientious and intelligent politicians outmanoeuvred by sophisticated and well-funded lobbying.
— Peter Calder, New Zealand Herald

IF YOU SEE only one film in the 2014 NZ International Film Festival see Alister Barry’s feature-length documentary, HOT AIR.

This chilling exposé of the strategy and tactics adopted by New Zealand’s largest industries to ensure that no effective action to combat climate change is ever undertaken in this country should be seen by every voter. HOT AIR constitutes one of the most persuasive arguments for radical, ruthless and rapid policy implementation on behalf of people and planet that I have ever encountered.
— Chris Trotter, Columnist and political commentato
 
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Bios


Bios


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ALISTER
BARRY

CO-DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Bruce Jesson Foundation Senior Journalist Award 2013

Alister Barry (1948) has been making intelligent and provocative documentaries for more than three decades. His films reflect his longtime interest in how power is exercised in a democracy, and how the decisions of the powerful impact on ordinary people's lives.

FILMOGRAPHY

Mururoa 1973
Niuklia Fri Pasifik
Someone Else's Country
In a Land of Plenty
A Civilised Society
The Hollow Men

 

ABI KING-JONES 

CO-DIRECTOR/EDITOR

Abi and Alister have collaborated on two feature documentaries previously; A Civilised Society (2007)and The Hollow Men (2008). She also directs and edits documentaries with Errol Wright, as CutCutCut films.  

FILMOGRAPHY

with Errol Wright
Te Whanau o Aotearoa – Caretakers of the Land  (2003)
The Last Resort (2006) 
Operation 8 (2011)


as editor
A Civilised Society (2007)
The Hollow Men (2008)