What draws you to your style of documentary?
As a young filmmaker, I’ll never forget the moment I sat in the theatre and watched Roger and Me, by Michael Moore. It was at that moment I realised it was possible to make hard to tell stories entertaining, and ultimately palatable to audiences. For me the issue comes first and then the biggest challenge, and probably the most fun, is trying to tackle the story in a way that is moving, entertaining, and inspiring people to take action through a combination of humour and hard-nose journalism.
With each film my knowledge base grows, and that carries forward to help shape my unique perspective. Stories are born out of other stories, creating a narrative of the struggle we all face today in trying to safeguard the environment for future generations. As Francis Ford Coppola once said to me “Make sure to have a family and create a legacy.” To me, it’s my responsibility as a father of three to leave a legacy of environmental activism ingrained in my children, and hopefully that will be accomplished through my work.