… Emma produced the film “Sold”, starring Gillian Anderson, based on a Patricia McCormick’s novel, which is based on real-life accounts?
Sold is about slavery in modern India, a topic close to Emma, who has always fought for equality between men and women and against poverty, which is the main cause of social inequalities.
“Because of ‘Sold’s’ marvelous script and courageous and brilliant cast, it is a story that we can all watch – so that we may understand the processes of slavery in modern India and feel able to act without feeling the kind of rage and hopelessness that gets in the way of doing anything,” Emma Thompson said.
In September 2015 Emma Thompson joined a group of 64 Greenpeace activists and a double decker bus-sized model of a polar bear as they tried to stop Shell drilling for oil in the Arctic. The paw carried the names of thousands of people who stand for Arctic.
They placed the giant bear outside Shell’s HQ in London.
Emma broke a legal injunction aimed at stopping Greenpeace activists from crossing a line drawn around the South Bank Building saying: “I feel that they long ago crossed a very big line by going into the Arctic so until they back off I’ll cross their line whenever I want”.
“Shell haven’t been listening. Shell have ignored the science. They want to drill in the Arctic up to the year 2030. It seems to me a monumental act of selfishness and greed. We cannot go on extracting oil in the way that we have” she said.
Standing next to Aurora, the giant polar bear, which roared at intervals after the northern lights, Emma Thompson read out a poem she had written specifically for the protests.
After the protests Shell decided to pull out of drilling in the Arctic saying that they ceased exploration in the region after failing to find sufficient signs of oil and gas but the truth is that Shell had suffered huge reputation damage with protests around the world.
Greenpeace said more than seven million people signed up to the Save The Arctic campaign worldwide, so the company abandoned drilling in the Arctic.
Greenpeace asked Emma Thompson to narrate a short animation film to underline the problem of the consequences of deforestation and highlight the power we all have to help orangutans.
… Colin Firth!
Colin Firth is a British actor.
Emma and Firth have made three films together (Love actually, Nanny McPhee and Bridget Jones’s baby) but they have never acted the role of a married couple.
They share passion for Italy and they both have a house in Italy.
Following the referendum that brought Britain out of the EU, Firth applied for “dual citizenship (British and Italian)” to have the same passports as his wife and children. His request has been approved on 22 September 2017.
They also share a passion for volunteering and activism: Colin Firth has been a long-standing supporter of Survival International and he is also a supporter of the Refugee Council.
“Every single person on this earth has the power to change the world!”.
Emma Thompson, activist and actress.