Rob Stewart

Rob Stewart

18 September, 2012
Save the Humans
Director of award-winning film, Sharkwater, launches new book on saving humanity

Rob Stewart, reowned director of award-winning film Sharkwater, recently had a screening of his new film, Revolution, at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie will open in March 2013. Revolution brings with it an empowering message of environmental harmony that may be far more pressing an issue than initially thought. In his latest foray into the medium of documentaries, Stewart explores with increasing alarm just how badly things have gotten - and just how much work it's going to take for mankind to reverse the path upon which it's laid itself. Through expert witnesses and Stewart's own famously pristine underwater cinematography, the young documentarian creates a vividly compelling canvas upon which audiences can both appreciate the hidden wonders of our planet even as they become more and more outraged by our own treatment of it. Just as Stewart shows you some new, beautiful scenes of nature, he immediately juxtaposes them against some criminal defamation of something else.
The film - which begins in its infancy as a vague extension of Sharkwater's marine-conscious ideology before rapidly expanding into other ecosystems - allows Stewart to travel the globe, shooting incredible vistas that range from the barren ocean floor to spectacular coral reefs, from the jungles of Madagascar to the tar sands of Alberta. It's a powerful and affecting film, which wraps its important message in an aesthetically mesmerizing shell. By the time Stewart arrives at the Climate Change Conference in Mexico, we're fully on board with the revolution, and the more protesters and facts he throws at the screen, the more heated the movement becomes. As young kids from across the globe gather together with the hopes of changing the future for themselves - at the Conference, in Ottawa and everywhere in between - the message of the film transforms from one of dire straits to one of hopeful optimism.
As expected, Stewart's cinematography is the most impressive aspect of the film, and some of the sequences that he captures seem better suited to a jaw-dropping nature broadcast on television than anything one finds in a feature - and that's certainly a good thing. It lends a sense of stark realism to the documentary that combines the best elements of environmental-awareness documentaries with non-fiction nature features. But the message is crystal-clear and affecting in the best way possible, and it will be the thing that viewers most take away from the film.
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By: Ecozine Staff


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