The finger-pointing climate change documentary should come with a trigger warning.
Craig Scott Rosebraugh's Greedy Lying Bastards delves into the smoke surrounding the climate change propaganda in the USA and tries to figure out why and how the overwhelming scientific evidence supporting global warming is being obfuscated by a select, powerful few.
Those Who Deny, And Encourage Others To Deny, Climate Change Are Laid Bare In Greedy Lying Bastards.
Claimed to be a "searing indictment of the influence, deceit and corruption that defines the fossil fuel industry," the movie was filmed over two years in nine countries and boasts an impressive selection of interviewees, including economics and everything else expert Noam Chomsky.
Executively produced by Kill Bill actress Daryl Hannah, the film looks at melting ice caps, an increase in forest fires, floods, droughts, and failed crops to show how the Earth's climate has changed in the last century and how it could have a lot to do with human activity, namely the emission of greenhouse gases.
Millions of dollars are spent each year by oil companies and related interests on lobbying the US government and funding the thinktanks, scientists and politicians who publically refute the claim that climate change is a prevalent issue. The movie paints such figures, including the ubiquitous British UKIP member Christopher Monckton, in a deceitful and demonised light.
The movie, narrated by political activist Rosebraugh, alleges that 1998 and 2012, ExxonMobil - the US multinational oil and gas company - spent over $25 million in efforts to dispel the issue of global warming whilst the Kansas-based Koch Industries reportedly spent $60 million between 1997 and 2012 on funding climate change myth propaganda.
Though the film could be accused of being one-sided in its stance against those who claim climate change is fiction, Rosebraugh has clearly gone out of his way to include a balanced roster of interviews and present the viewer with a chilling portrait of 21st century manipulation and bureaucracy.
The Guardian describe the documentary as "Provocative, frank and impossible to ignore," adding Rosebraugh "is aiming hard and fast at the oil industry and the network of influence that does its bidding." However, the NY Times alludes that Rosebraugh just wants a fight, "kicking keisters and naming names" as he villainises the corporate big players.
Fans of Michael Moore-style documentary journalism, who get a kick out of people in power being shown up by their own policies, as well watching as a compelling portrait of the environment we inhabit, will find watching Rosebraugh's Greedy Lying Bastards gripping.
Greedy Lying Bastards will be released in the UK on the 27th September and will premiere at the United Nations Association Film Festival on the 19th October.
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