10:10 say sorry over film depicting graphic murder of children
A short film which starts with two school children being murdered for not showing any interest in climate change has been removed from a campaign's website.
The film called No Pressure, was written by comedy legend Richard Curtis, and was created for the 10:10 campaign, which aims to cut carbon emissions by 10% by the end of this week which will be 10/10/10.
However, Mr Curtis, the man behind Blackadder, Four Weddings and Notting Hill, was adjudged to have gone too far with the graphic film which can be viewed at the link below.
The film features actors including two children being blown up for not getting involved in environmental initiatives and is unsuitable for younger viewers.
The film was removed from http://www.1010global.org/uk and replaced with an apology, but is still available on youtube.
Other scenes in the four minute long film feature a business meeting where several workers are shown to be unhappy about participating in emissions reduction work and are blown up by the boss.
A spokesman for the 10:10 campaign said: “With climate change becoming increasingly threatening, and decreasingly talked about in the media, we wanted to find a way to bring this critical issue back into the headlines whilst making people laugh.
“We were delighted when Britain’s leading comedy writer, Richard Curtis, agreed to write a short film for the 10:10 campaign.
“Many people found the resulting film extremely funny, but unfortunately some didn’t and we sincerely apologise to anybody we have offended.
“As a result of these concerns we’ve taken it off our website. We won’t be making any attempt to censor or remove other versions currently in circulation on the internet.”
The film also features former France footballer David Ginola being blown up, when he says he ‘can’t be bothered’ with climate change.