Sunday, 21 August 2011
Burning Ice * * *
WRITTEN BY KELLY RAE SMITH |21 JUNE 2011
The hot button topic of our warming planet is tackled in a unique way in Burning Ice, as 45 artists and scientists join forces in an expedition to Greenland.
Jarvis Cocker, Feist, Martha Wainwright, Robyn Hitchcock, KT Tunstall and Ryuichi Sakomoto, to name but a few, are among the many brought together via Cape Farewell, an organisation whose mission is to inspire artists (musicians plus playwrights, comedians, photographers and more) so that the message of climate change somehow shines through in works they create in the future.
Jarvis Cocker watches icebergs crumble in front of him and sheds a tear, and KT Tunstall shows a scientific side with her obvious fascination for oceanography. They all learn from the locals how their land has dramatically changed in recent years, all the while creating impressive pieces - from jokes and songs to poetry and pictures.
The filming wraps up at the Latitude Festival, where the new material is debuted and Robyn Hitchcock signs off with There Goes the Ice - which, much like the documentary, is eerily beautiful.