Fleetwood Mac’s hit ‘Don’t Stop’ has been reimagined for a new Greenpeace UK short film starring Will Poulter that will air at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
The film is a metaphor for corporations – particularly those in the oil and gas industries – partying “like there’s no tomorrow” when Earth is in an environmental crisis.
Greenpeace has teamed up with Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and Poulter to create the short film that will be screened on Glastonbury’s main stage between 21-25 June.
In the film, a hedonistic party descends into chaos. McQueen, who is executive producer on the project and has his protege, Samona Olanipekun, in the role of director, said that it looks at how the world is “hurtling out of control”.
“It captures the unease at seeing corporations (especially those of oil and gas) and their enablers do damage to the environment on our behalf, acting like there’s no tomorrow and driving the climate crisis solely for their profit, but we have collective power to realise a different future,” he said [via The Independent].
“It’s imperative that people don’t forget – tomorrow is promised to no-one.”
The reimagined version of the Fleetwood Mac song is produced by Grammy award-winning producer Fraser T Smith and rapper Avelino, with new lyrics that act as a call to action. Instrumentation comes from the jazz talent development organisation Tomorrow’s Warriors and vocals from the House Gospel Choir.
Poulter, meanwhile, said that he hopes that the film “sparks action”, adding that it “feels like a much-needed element of the conversation that is being had around climate change”.
“A better tomorrow, to me, looks like a world where we’ve actively pulled together and there’s a greater sense of unionship between everybody who cares about climate change and wants to create a better future for emerging generations,” he said.
Areeba Hamid, executive director of Greenpeace UK, said that the film delivers a message of hope for a better tomorrow.
“When you look at the state of the world that older generations have wrought – oil companies partying like there’s no tomorrow, politicians watching as our house is on fire – it can feel overwhelming, but awareness and resolve to save our planet, to save lives and livelihoods, has never been stronger,” she said.
“People all over the world are incredibly worried about their future, but they hold enormous power.”
Branding for the ‘Don’t Stop’ project by Greenpeace UK will be used on site at Glastonbury, with tote bags emblazoned: “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow”.