The Troublemaker

Facing up to the climate crisis on a journey of self-discovery

The Troublemaker It is in times of crisis that we find out what really matters to us, that we get to discover who we really are, as individuals and as a society. The Troublemaker delves deep into the ideas and emotions behind the international wave of civil protest, born in the face of the unfolding climate crisis. Through the eyes of a visionary leader who co-founded ‘Extinction Rebellion’, and a previously law-abiding citizen inspired to take action, The Troublemaker aspires to stir the audience from passive resistance to a life-affirming defence of our future. Now that we understand more about what a ‘global crisis’ feels like, it can no longer be ignored.

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'The Troublemaker provides a blueprint for people who are sick and tired of the futility of civil discourse in combating the climate catastrophe. We hope this film inspires people to embrace radical tactics and actions that bring about real change. Our very existence depends on it.' —Rooney Mara & Joaquin Phoenix

A Statement from Roger Hallam:

To frame this story in terms of ‘climate activism after COVID’ would continue the same detached observer narrative that absolves us from doing anything. It implies that this is an issue that only weird or worthy people care about.

This is totally different. This is about the death of everything.

The frame has to be the psychological and spiritual collapse of the collective psychic in the face of terminal breakdown, a breakdown which syngerises the social question and climate question. To use COVID as an example being both a climate/ecological issue and a social/health issue.

The case must be made with urgency and along several lines- as a matter of our food security and national security, our patriotic and civil duty and, above all, a matter of what is happening to our kids.

This is not a film about climate change. It is about the exploding psychological and spiritual crisis that is driving it and being driven by it. It is about how ordinary people are now stepping up to fight the greatest crisis humanity has ever faced, while the professional classes continue to administrate the universal holocaust for their corporate masters.

And it’s not a film to be siloed into the weird art cinema niche. As it says on the final frame: the time for watching films is over.

About the Production Company

With three Oscars, three BAFTAs, and numerous Emmy awards, PASSION PICTURES is a global production company with a worldwide reputation for its feature documentaries, landmark television productions, animation and commercials.

Notable titles include: Academy Award-winning One Day in September | Academy Award-nominated Restrepo | Academy shortlisted The Tillman Story (Winner: Best Historical Doc Emmy 2012) | BAFTA-winning The Imposter | Academy Award and BAFTA-winning Searching For Sugar Man | Emmy and Golden Panda winning My Life as a Turkey |and the Netflix original and Academy Award-nominated Winter On Fire.

The Producers

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.'

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