Thin Ice - the Inside Story of Climate Science
is an award-winning documentary film on global warming, made by DOX Productions in London in collaboration with Victoria University of Wellington and Oxford University.
Victoria conducted a successful crowd funding campaign last year to raise funds to create a shorter version of the documentary for television. An hour-long cut has now been accepted by American Public Television, meaning it will be distributed to over 90 TV channels across 40 states.
The filmmakers have also scored an agreement with American Public Television's international sales division, APT Worldwide, which will allow it to be licensed and marketed globally.
Executive producer Emeritus Professor Peter Barrett says the initial APT release date for Thin Ice, 1 July 2015, is perfect timing.
"Thin Ice will be screening in the crucial months before the culmination of efforts toward a global emissions reduction agreement in the 2015 Paris Climate Conference in December," Barrett comments. "The film allows ordinary people around the world to meet leading climate scientists and find out why we need to aim for zero carbon emissions."
The film project began in 2006 and follows Simon Lamb, an associate professor in Victoria's School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, as well as co-director/photographer, on a personal journey in which he interviews 40 scientists working on particularly relevant climate change research in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the United States.
DOX Productions' David Sington, who produced and co-directed the film, says it's not often a film of this nature makes it to television screens. "It's unusual for US television audiences to hear about climate science from the scientists themselves, so we're thrilled that Thin Ice will be broadcast there."
The full version of Thin Ice has been released on DVD with subtitles in six languages since its initial release, meaning it is viewable by half of the world's population.