Oscar Winning ‘Die Hard’ Actor – ‘Trashed’ in Bishop’s Cleeve

From This Is Gloucestershire

Oscar winning Die Hard actor – Trashed in Bishop’s Cleeve

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Gloucestershire Echo

OSCAR winning actor Jeremy Irons left a Bishop’s Cleeve resident stunned when he pulled up on his motorbike outside her house.

The Die Hard film star is a keen environmentalist and visited the village to find out about its nearby toxic waste dump, Wingmoor Farm.

He was filmed speaking to Safety in Waste and Rubbish Disposal (SWARD ) campaigner, Barbara Farmer.

The documentary, Trashed, which features footage of the village and Cleeve Hill, has now been selected for a special screening at Cannes international film festival.

Barbara said: “It was quite surreal to have Jeremy Irons motorcycle up to my house and knock on my door. He spent a lot of time talking with me as the cameras rolled, finding out all about the blight of having thousands of tonnes of toxic incinerator chimney ash dumped on the edge of our villages in open conditions.

“He was astounded by the scale of the hazardous landfill so close to a residential area and in such a beauty spot.”

Blenheim Films came to visit Bishop’s Cleeve as part of a tour of worldwide locations that have been blighted by waste disposal.

The crew spent a day filming the area then came back to film the protest in September 2011 when SWARD held a protest to coincide with the Gloucestershire County Council Planning Committee’s site visit.

“I was astonished to get a text from the director telling me that she was sitting with Vangelis, who has written the music for the film, watching my clip,” Barbara said.

“So far we’ve only seen the trailer, which included a brief glimpse of Jeremy Irons with Cleeve Hill behind him. We can’t wait to see the finished film.”

SWARD is delighted that Trashed has been selected for Cannes.

Barbara said: “”It is very apt timing. Gloucestershire faces the awful prospect of a massive incinerator at Javelin Park. If this application is granted we will have to feed the burner 24 hours a day seven days a week with precious resources that can’t be replaced and at a terrible cost to our environment.

“Anyone who thinks burning rubbish is a safe and clean option should come to see the vast quantities of toxic ash that are dumped at Wingmoor.

“Trashed” shows why we have to simply stop producing waste and start realising that on a finite planet what we throw away comes back to haunt us.”

The trailer can be viewed at Trashedfilm.com

Jeremy Irons has lunch with Prince Charles

Jeremy Irons was among 100 celebrity guests of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla at a party at Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire, to thank them for their support of the Prince’s Trust charity over the years.

Check out the Daily Mail Online for more about the event.

Prince party to thank ambassadors

(UKPA) – 7 hours ago

The Prince of Wales thanked pop stars, actors and sports personalities for their support of The Prince’s Trust at a garden party.

Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall held the reception at their Highgrove home near Tetbury, in Gloucestershire. Among the some 100 guests were some of the first celebrity ambassadors for the trust including Phil Collins, Bryan Adams, Phillip Schofield and Gary Lineker, who took part in some of the earliest schemes and fundraising events for the charity.

They were joined by stars including Sir Ben Kingsley, Amanda Burton, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jeremy Irons, Joss Stone, Kate Adie, and Aleisha Dixon, ahead of her debut as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, who was seen enjoying a joke with Charles.

The celebrity ambassadors were given a tour of the Highgrove estate before having lunch of an asparagus and pea risotto followed by summer berries with pannacotta.

Charles and Camilla spoke with their guests, some of them friends, about the work of the Prince’s Trust.

Prince’s Trust ambassadors take part in a variety of activities to support the youth charity, including helping to raise funds and awareness.

The Prince’s Trust gives practical and financial support to help disadvantaged young people aged between 14 and 30 develop workplace skills.

Gary Lineker and new wife Danielle returned from Italy where they were married last week to attend the party and also to see the new Mrs Lineker’s daughter Ella off to school. Lineker said: “I have been a Prince’s Trust ambassador for going back 20 years and it is has been a real privilege to be able to meet people who have benefited from the scheme and turned their life around.”

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