A Conversation of Hope
“This is a timely project and film, inspired by an urgency to do something about climate change, to alter perspectives, and to create hope for the future. With hope, we can ‘keep going’ and make a real difference, to our own lives and to the wider world. The film should implant this message in the minds and hearts of its viewers. It should feel bigger than the sculptures, bigger than the individual, bigger than Glasgow – it should resonate universally and inspire change.”
All3Media’s award-winning creative studio and film production company Bullion has teamed up with Scottish director Hannah Currie to produce a film of the Hope Sculptures, created by artist and designer Steuart Padwick, to mark the climate change conference, COP26, in Glasgow.
The Hope project director, co-creative and producer Natalie May (Alexopoulos) said,
“At this poignant moment in time, A Conversation of Hope focuses on those who are living and working in the city, from climate change experts and young activists to health specialists and community leaders, to find out what ‘hope’ means to them.”
Contributors include Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health at Strathclyde University, Trans activist and actor Adam Kashmiry and local school children.
COP26, and the sculptures, provided a springboard for these conversations, with an emphasis on resilience and optimism. The sculpture itself will be slowly revealed throughout the film representing the idea that small, incremental changes can make a big difference.
Hannah Currie’s longer, 15 minute edit called 'City of Hope', premiered on STV’s video-on-demand service STV Player on x and will then be distributed globally by All3Media’s digital content agency and media network, Little Dot Studios, through its Real Stories, Earth Stories and Perspective channels on YouTube, Facebook and TikTok, reaching more than 11m subscribers and followers.
These films bring to life diverse voices through interviews, stunning shots of Glasgow, the Hope sculptures, city landmarks, and personal stories of fear, hope and redemption. It will also look at the environmental impact on mental health and wellbeing and reflect residents’ real struggles, as well as their hopes for the future. BAFTA Award-winning director Hannah Currie hails from Glasgow and is a passionate advocate for mental health and the environment.
Bullion Founder, Jack Newman, said: “We were delighted to be asked to highlight the creation of Steuart Padwick’s Hope Sculpture and to show the impact of a global issue on local people. We could think of no one better than gifted filmmaker Hannah Currie to help us tell this story. Her passion, empathy and craft shines through everything she does.”