As part of its Face Off campaign, Friday, July 8, saw the launch of Viva!’s disturbing new film SWINE at The Trampery, Old Street, London. It was sold out and met with a standing ovation.
The format is drama/documentary and exposes the dirty secrets of factory farming in the UK and its links with the growing threat of antibiotic resistant superbugs.
SWINE begins as fiction and stars world freerunning champion, Tim Shieff (see VL60), going undercover as journalist Jack Tomlins on a UK factory pig farm to investigate reports of an MRSA superbug. It then moves to real-life, using Viva! footage of shocking but standard pig farms to expose the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance and the horrific failings of the industrialised meat industry.
Tim says: “It was great to work on this film, Viva! is an organisation I support and the issue of antibiotic resistance is a very real threat developing right now in factory farms everywhere.”
SWINE was the creation of Damien Clarkson and Robbie Lockie of The Growing Box studio, in support of Viva!’s Face Off campaign, and was directed by Lewis Noll and Remy Archer. The voice over is by vegan actor Gregg Lowe.
It is free to watch at watchswine.today. There were some strong reactions from viewers of the film.
“I thought it was really well put together. It’s shocking that this could happen”. Lauren.
“I liked it. It was real – very intense. It’s happening and people have to be told. We have to do something about it”. Francesca.
“Intense, inspiring, fantastic footage. Even if people can’t see it from an animal’s perspective, they have to know that it’s affecting their health”. Anna.
“I’m now so excited to go out and do stuff. I’m gonna go and do an activist event tomorrow with my friends and we we’re gonna change some lives!”. Laura.
Both Matt Lucas (Little Britain etc) and Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) tweeted about the film.
Juliet Gellatley concluded by saying: “The government knows we are on a cliff edge yet politicians are not acting. As a society, we need to take matters into our own hands by rejecting meat and choosing instead a vegan diet. We're hoping this film will be seen by millions and will help us to change the world.”
Watch now: watchswine.today