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Our Plastic Beach

Chris Thomas

'Our Plastic Beach' is a passion project I've been wanting to shoot for some time. Through an emotive human story, my aim was to highlight the problems of plastic pollution and to inspire and empower young people to get involved. Some may argue that beach cleaning just isn’t enough, perhaps going as far as it's not making any difference at all. Despite these arguments, what’s always drawn me to beach cleaning is people’s strong and passionate desire to help remove pollution from our shores. Every piece of waste that’s taken away means there is one less dangerous item for wildlife and for habitats to be restored. This film is the voice of the quiet people walking the beaches of Britain picking up litter and keep ongoing.

Chris Thomas is an award-winning filmmaker from London, known mostly for his character-focused emotive tales and often sub-culture themed stories within the medium of short film.