Short film highlights air quality impact

An independent film company has produced a short film to highlight the impact and dangers of the UK’s air quality.

Lark Rise Pictures released AIR on Friday (6 October) which features interviews with experts on air pollution and emissions, cut with footage of people travelling to work and school in London.

The nine-minute film is the first part of a series of shorts focused on educating and informing the general public on issues surrounding air pollution.

Experts featured in the film include: Professor Jonathan Grigg of Queen Mary University of London, Dr Ian Mudway, King’s College London, James Thornton, chief executive of ClientEarth and Daniel Marsh of King’s College London.


Introducing the film, the filmmakers said: “With a background narrative of expert opinions interweaving each scene as a radio programme, compelling interviews from leading experts in science, medicine, law and technology explore the air quality crisis caused largely by emissions from diesel vehicles in our capital city.

“The filmmakers felt motivated to produce the film after discovering the harrowing fact that in 2017 the UK’s air pollution limits for the whole year were exceeded in the first five days and 37 out of 43 zones in the UK have air quality levels which regularly exceed legal limits.”

The film was premiered the FIA Foundation’s Every Journey, Every Child conference at London’s City Hall last week. Production was partly funded by the JJ Charitable Trust.

Click on the embedded video player above or visit the AIR website to watch the film in full.


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