Heal the Bay honored Jeremy Irons at their 2013 Bring Back the Beach gala, for his contribution to the short film The Majestic Plastic Bag.
Heal the Bay honored Jeremy Irons at their 2013 Bring Back the Beach gala, for his contribution to the short film The Majestic Plastic Bag.
Jeremy Irons will introduce the screening: Trashed on Sunday 2 June 2013.
Event 489 • Sunday 2 June 2013, 10.30am • Venue: Richard Booth’s Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
In the new docu-feature Trashed, a Blenheim Films production, produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady (Madam and the Dying Swan), which was selected to receive a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. Brady’s narrative is vividly propelled by an original score created by Academy Award winning composer Vangelis.
Jeremy Irons talks trash
In the 1995 movie “Die Hard: With a Vengeance,” Jeremy Irons was pure evil as an urbane and elegant bad guy.
As Simon Gruber, he terrorized pre-9/11 New York City, practically in the shadow of the still-intact World Trade Center towers.
Scary stuff . . . but it’s nothing compared to Jeremy Irons’ latest film.
In the new documentary “Trashed,” Irons shows us the terrifying possibility of a future world buried in its own garbage.
“After doing the documentary, how conscious are you, when you walk down the street, of trash?” asked Smith.
“Well, I mean, this part of New York is wonderful, there’s no trash in sight,” Irons said. “And I think it’s a case of out of sight, out of mind.”
“We throw it away and it’s gone?”
“That’s right. It’s clean, it’s lovely, it’s not something we have to worry about. But where does it go?”
Where, indeed? In Indonesia, garbage goes in the nearest river, and eventually out to sea. Worldwide, according to the film, Americans could recycle 90 percent of the waste we generate, but right now we only recycle a third of that — and some of our trash eventually finds its way back into us — such as plastics leeching into our food supply.
It’s weird to see an Oscar-winning actor rooting through trash cans in New York City’s nicest neighborhood, but for Irons, garbage has become, well, personal.
He pulled out one object: “Now this is recyclable, this is great, but it’s half full, so it’s wasted food. Coconut water: Fantastic for you, 100% pure, and it’s thrown away half-full. We waste a huge amount of the food we buy.”
“You have no hesitation to just pick through the trash, Jeremy?” Smith asked.
“No, it’s rubbish. That’s all it is. It’s just dirt. A bit of dirt before you die is good.”
“Celebrities get asked to be involved in a lot of different causes; what was it about trash that made you say, ‘I have to do something’?” asked Smith.
“I wanted to make a documentary about something which I thought was important and which was curable,” he said. “It’s not rocket science. It takes a little effort, it takes a little thought. It takes a little education. I think most people want to do what is right. But they need a bit of organization.
“We make everybody wear seatbelts now. That was a bore, wasn’t it? But we do it, and we don’t think about it anymore. Very simple to do the same with how we deal with our garbage.”
It might not be easy to picture Jeremy Irons as a garbage activist: From his breakout role in 1981′s “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,” he has been in more than 40 movies, at least as many plays, and has won just about every acting award there is.
“I’ve been very lucky,” he said.
“You have a slew of awards that would say you got some talent,” Smith suggested.
“Yeah, if awards mean that. Yeah. Yeah.”
“You don’t think they mean much?”
“I do. I do. And I really don’t want to denigrate them. I think awards are fantastic. I don’t let them go to my head. I always, when I start a new piece of work, I still feel like a plumber, but I don’t know how to do it. I just sort of feel out of my depths — I’m not very good at plumbing!”
Well, he’s good at something. Born in England in 1948, Jeremy John Irons trained as a stage actor before breaking into film.
He’s been married to actress Sinead Cusack since 1978, with whom he has two sons. But on-screen he hasn’t always been such a devoted husband.
In 1990′s “Reversal of Fortune,” Irons was cast as socialite Claus von Bulow, accused of trying to kill his rich wife by giving her an overdose of insulin.
“Did you love getting in Claus von Bulow’s head?” Smith asked.
“I was slightly embarrassed,” Irons said, “and in fact fought off playing him for a while, because he was alive and I thought there was something tasteless about pretending to be someone who was still alive. And so I fought against it. Finally it was Glenn Close who persuaded me. She said, ‘If you don’t play him someone else will play him. You know, come on. Have a crack at it. It’s interesting.’”
Glenn Close was right: the performance earned him the Oscar for Best Actor.
Irons’ Claus von Bulow is a saint compared with his current role in the Showtime series, “The Borgias.” Irons is Pope Alexander VI, a man of many passions.
Off-screen, you might say Irons has become the unofficial pope of recycling — and, in what may be his most important role yet, an elegant and refined voice of caution.
Are we doomed?, Smith asked “I don’t believe we’re doomed because I believe that human nature is extraordinary,” Irons said. ” I think we will be brought to our senses eventually. I think things may have to get worse. I think, I hope we will be brought to our senses. We’re on a highway to a very expensive and unhealthy future if we do nothing.”
“And gloomy future,” Smith added.
“Well, the sun will still shine,” Irons replied.
Jeremy Irons was a featured speaker at the New York Times Energy for Tomorrow Conference in New York City on Thursday, April 25, 2013. He was interviewed by New York Times columnist Andrew Revkin about the film Trashed.
The New York Times Energy for Tomorrow conference featured Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Food Waste Challenge announcement, where the Mayor talked for the first time about the City program with more than 100 restaurants to reduce organic waste sent to landfills; and a talk with Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons on his documentary, “Trashed,” and the steps we can take in our daily lives to reduce waste.
You can watch the entire conference, broken up by panel, on demand at www.NYTEnergyforTomorrow.com.
Visit Andrew Revkin’s Dot Earth blog to see video of Jeremy at the conference and read more from Andrew Revkin.
Times and locations are as follows:
Sunday 14 April 6:45 pm at the Q Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand BOOK TICKETS
Friday 19 April 1:15 pm at the Q Theatre in Auckland,New Zealand BOOK TICKETS
Sunday 12 May 6:30 pm at the Reading Cinemas Courtenay in Wellington, New Zealand
Friday 17 May 1:45 pm at the Reading Cinemas Courtenay in Wellington, New Zealand
Jeremy Irons will be in attendance on Sunday, April 21 at the BAM screening of Trashed and will participate in a Q & A session after the screening.
The narrator of Trashed, Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons, will participate in a Q&A after the screening.
There will be a screening of the documentary “Trashed” on the eve of the conference. Seats are limited and the screening will be open to the public. Confirmed conference participants will get priority. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the executive producer, Jeremy Irons.
The screening will be held on 7 pm, Wednesday, April 24 at Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street. No audio recording or photography will be allowed.
Public tickets can be purchased here: http://www.nytimes.com/marketing/screening/index.html
Jeremy Irons, actor and executive producer, “Trashed”
in conversation with David Carr, media and culture columnist, The New York Times
On April 25th -
*Please note, there is a screening of “Trashed” on the eve of the conference. Seats are limited and the screening will be open to the public. Confirmed conference participants will get priority.
Official press release from The New York Times Company:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sec. Shaun Donovan and Jeremy Irons Join Lineup for New York Times Energy for Tomorrow Conference April 25
NEW YORK, March 11, 2013 – The New York Times today announced that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will deliver a keynote address at its second annual Energy for Tomorrow conference on Thursday, April 25, at TheTimesCenter. Mayor Bloomberg will address the conference’s theme of building sustainable cities and the question of what we, as global citizens, want from our cities.
Shaun Donovan, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, will join New York Times Op-Ed columnist Thomas Friedman in conversation to discuss the Obama administration’s vision for city development as our urban populations grow worldwide.
Jeremy Irons, Academy Award-winning actor and activist, will also speak at the conference about solutions for better waste management and his documentary, “Trashed,” which looks at the challenges posed by waste to the environment and how we can enact change for a cleaner world.
Confirmed conference attendees will be invited to a special screening of “Trashed” with free admission on the eve of the conference, Wednesday, April 24. A talk with executive producer Jeremy Irons and New York Times media and culture columnist David Carr will follow the screening.
Additional New York Times speakers and moderators at Energy for Tomorrow will include Op-Ed columnists Mark Bittman, Bill Keller and Joe Nocera; DealBook founder and columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin; energy and environmental issues reporter John Broder; architecture critic Michael Kimmelman; Op-Ed writer for the Dot Earth blog Andrew Revkin; and international environment correspondent Elisabeth Rosenthal.
Energy for Tomorrow is by invitation only and will be available to the public via live stream, which is free to view, at www.NYTEnergyforTomorrow.com.
The conference will open at 8:00 a.m. with a New York Times newsroom panel breakfast session that explores the issues of climate change, now at the top of the political agenda.
The New York Times Energy for Tomorrow conference series brings together thought leaders from across energy and environment industries to discuss the most urgent and important issues at hand and to explore different ways of fueling our evolving, global economy.
BlackBerry joins The New York Times as presenting sponsor of the 2013 Energy for Tomorrow conference.
To request an invitation to attend and to learn more about the conference, visit www.NYTEnergyforTomorrow.com.
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Brussels, Belgium. 7th March 2013 — British actor Jeremy Irons participated in a talk about plastic waste at the EU Commission. Jeremy was invited by EU Commissioner Januz Potonik to talk about plastic waste in the world. He added his voice to an EU campaign to ban non-recylable plastics, including plastic bags.
From The New Age
British actor Jeremy Irons brought a rare touch of glamour to the European Union’s headquarters in Brussels on Thursday to talk about an issue close to his heart: Trash disposal.
“I refuse to call it waste. ‘Waste’ is a verb, it is what we do. We are wasting our resources,” he said.
His appearance at the European Commission, the bloc’s executive, was in support of a drive to find ways of reducing the mountains of plastic rubbish generated annually, much of which ends up in the world’s oceans.
“What I’ve tried to do is glamourize trash,” Irons said, conceding that it was not an issue that won many votes.
Irons dismissed the tendency to shelve recycling as a matter to be dealt with after resolving more pressing issues, such as the economic crisis.
He said it didn’t take much effort for people to separate their rubbish, adding, “It doesn’t cost me anything to put out my separate bins and I get rather a pleasure out of it.”
The actor said: “We can make money out of recycling,” adding that it also generated jobs.
He referred to the 12 million euros (15.6 million dollars) that Ireland had made by introducing a 15-cent charge on plastic bags, which he said had also reduced the use of new bags by 92 per cent.
Irons said that by contrast his country, Britain, was doing “spectacularly little” on recycling, failing for example to tax plastic bags – “a symbol of waste.”
He said disorganization and vested interests – specifically those of the companies earning money off rubbish disposal and incineration – stood in the way of progress towards better trash management.
Ultimately, however, Irons said it was up to individuals to bring about change – by refusing to buy plastic water bottles, reusing and repairing old goods or by composting, as he did.
“I’m just a bloke,” the actor said. “There are a lot of blokes and women around in the world,” adding that it was their behaviour that would help bring about change.
“Politicians will therefore, in their normal fashion, be able to follow the current mood,” he added.
Last year, Irons produced and featured in a documentary film, Trashed, highlighting the issue of rubbish disposal and the need for more recycling.
Getting Trashed with Jeremy Irons – from the Wall Street Journal
What: 12.30 Joint press conference by European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik and Jeremy Irons, Narrator and Executive Producer the documentary film Trashed.
The launch will be followed by the projection of the film Trashed in the European Parliament.
When: Thursday 7th March 2013
Where: Berlaymont Press Room, in Brussels
The European Commission is publishing a Green Paper on plastic waste to launch a structured discussion about how to make plastic products more sustainable throughout their life cycle and reduce the impact of plastic waste on the environment. The current EU environmental legislation doesn’t specifically address the particular challenges posed by plastic waste. The Green Paper aims to collect facts and stakeholders’ views on the impacts of plastic waste and a way of mitigating them through a European strategy. The consultation consists of 26 questions and will last until end of May 2013. The result will feed into further policy action in 2014 as part of a broader waste policy review, which will look in particular at the existing targets for waste recovery and landfill as well as an ex-post evaluation of five directives covering various waste streams.
Once in the environment, particularly in the marine environment, plastic waste can persist for hundreds of years. Up to 10 million tons of litter, mostly plastic, end up in the world’s oceans and seas annually, turning them into the world’s biggest plastic dump. The presence of plastic residues, even in the most remote areas of world seas and shores shows that there is a price to pay for unhampered proliferation of plastic waste. Conventional plastic also contains a large number, and sometimes a large proportion of chemical additives which can be carcinogenic, provoke other toxic reactions or act as endocrine disruptors.