Australia, Sweden buy docu
CANNES — Controversial Brit docu “The Great Global Warming Swindle” has sold to Sweden’s TV4 and Australia’s Channel 9, while the U.S. network ABC and France’s TF1 are among other broadcasters taking an interest.
The hour-long docu being sold by RDF takes the opposite view to most of the environmentally-themed fare in the mart — and there is a lot of it this year — blaming the sun’s activity, not pollution, for climate change.
Show garnered a healthy 2.5 million viewers for Channel 4 last month — and prompted a flood of hate email to filmmaker Martin Durkin.
“My name is absolute mud on the Internet; it’s really vicious,” said Durkin, an established scientific documaker, said at a press conference in Cannes on Tuesday.
But unafraid of a skirmish, the plain-talking Durkin reiterated his views on the subject, calling fears over global warming “complete bollocks” — vulgar British slang for “nonsense.”
“There is no good scientific basis for it but the theory continues to hold sway because so many people have built their careers and reputations on it,” he said.
Polar bears hate ice, he went on to add, asserting that biodiversity would be richer if the earth was warmer.
Matthew Frank, RDF’s managing director, said the show was attracting interest along with other environmentally-themed fare in the mart because it was different from the rest.
“I think this is the only anti-global warming documentary here, and buyers like it because it raises questions,” he said.