Sasha Snow - Director
'As a filmmaker I have spent the last 20 years exploring our fractured and self-destructive relationship with the natural world. I have always been interested in visionary individuals that attempt to stir society from passive acceptance to action, and who are prepared to suffer for their ideas in the process.
Between 2007-2015 I chased the ghost of Grant Hadwin, an expert logger driven to an extreme protest and a perverse ‘crime against nature’. Grant drowned in mysterious circumstances while kayaking to his own trial.
It was with the same unresolved curiosity that I approached Roger Hallam, co-founder of the then nascent environmental protest movement ‘Extinction Rebellion’ (XR). Despite his reputation as the eponymous ‘Troublemaker’, I wanted to make a film about the ideas and emotions that are driving the fledgling ‘rebellion’, and not to be distracted the personalities and politics inevitably involved with such a project.
The film takes the ‘troublemaker’ trope as the hook for a message about the power of collective action, in the process subverting our deep-rooted need for a story to have a hero, when in the end, the hero is us.'