Hot Air

Directed by Abi King-Jones and Alister Barry

In the years since New Zealand politicians began to grapple with climate change our greenhouse gas emissions have burgeoned. Alister Barry’s doco draws on TV archives and interviews with key participants to find out why.


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  • ★★★½ review by slyman on Letterboxd

    The title is the two word review of the film!

  • ★★★½ review by ReedRothchild on Letterboxd

    Hot Air is a chronicle of New Zealand's political response to climate change through the nineties and noughties. While it makes no secret of its agenda, it is never partisan (National's Simon Upton comes across best, for example) and it supports itself with sound science. As a result, it is extremely comprehensive, academic and informative. People are interviewed from both sides of the debate but it never really gives much thought to arguments against New Zealand taking action.

  • ★★★½ review by Anne Matheson on Letterboxd

    Quite gripping for a talking heads doco. In the last twenty-five years number of politicians on both the left and the right have tried to do the right thing about greenhouse gas emissions and been hobbled by energy companies, farmers and the business round table. NZ's emissions doubled in that time - shameful stuff.

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