Members of the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS choir are sharing the limelight this week with a host of British stars in a film about Climate Change.
Working with the award-winning team Ridley Scott Associates, the tuneful medics joined actors Charles Dance, David Gyasi, Jason Isaacs and Miranda Richardson to create a powerful three minute film urging the British public to protect the places, people and life we love from climate change.
Elbow dedicated ‘Magnificent (She Says), a track from their newly released album ‘Little Fictions’ for the choir to sing with the band’s Guy Garvey on lead vocals.
“It was an amazing experience,” says Caroline Smith a Physiotherapist at Kaleidoscope award winning children’s centre in Rusley Green. “I love being part of the choir and we have done lots of NHS events, but this was something extra-special. People don’t often realise the effect that climate and environmental issues are having on their health so this is a fantastic film for us to be involved in. I really it makes people sit up and take notice and I shall definitely be wearing my green heart on Valentine’s Day. #ShowTheLove”
Director Stuart Rideout said: “We wanted to take the viewer on an emotional journey, from our impact on the world around us, making us aware of our place within our environment, to reminding us how incredible our planet is. I always wanted to underscore the film with human harmonies so a choir was the logical choice. When Elbow offered us their new track “Magnificent” we asked the Greenwich and Lewisham NHS choir to perform it. The result was perfect.
The film, ‘Love Song’, will be screened in Picturehouse Cinemas across the country from 10 to 17 February and widely across social media. It will form the centrepiece of Show The Love, a hugely successful annual campaign, now in its third year. Organised by The Climate Coalition, including WWF-UK, Oxfam, Christian Aid, CAFOD, National Trust, RSPB and The WI.
This February, in the run-up to Valentine’s Day, people across the country will once again be making, wearing and sharing green hearts to show their love for all they could lose to climate change.
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