The world of environmental direct action is, by necessity, a secretive and clandestine one, much maligned and misunderstood – not least because of unsympathetic media coverage. This insider’s view of such household name groups as Climate Camp and Plane Stupid is, therefore, extremely welcome. Crowd-funded, and constructed with a suitably home-brewed, anarchistic vibe, the film contextualizes various direct actions by activists, affinity groups and supporters, giving voice to the other side of a frequently misrepresented cause. Current enough to cover the unlawful death of Ian Tomlinson during the G8 protest – but not, sadly, revelations about infiltration by undercover police – the film features some scary footage of the state’s ‘bully boy’ tactics, and the protestors’ inspired strategies to flummox them, in order to make their point. Rousing stuff.
Just Do It (Empire review)