The film is the work of filmmaker Julian Hanford, and was shot in and around Margate in 2018/19. It is a moving yet creative look at what is a major pollution issue for our civilisation. The film juxtaposes the care-free holidaymakers of a typical UK summer with McPherson scouring the beaches early morning for discarded plastic rubbish.
Hanford says “I met Steve at a London art fair a few years ago, and was totally blown away by his work – not just aesthetically, but also the added layer of cultural significance of the way he finds these materials and what he creates with them. In his work, the medium truly is the message, and I knew then that I had to make a film about it.”
The relentless rise of disposable plastic use in our society is neatly underpinned in the film – when plastic mass-production first took off worldwide, in 1950 we produced a mere 2.3 million tons. By 2015 that figure was 448 million tons per annum and rising. Most of this plastic will remain in the environment for 100’s of years. (Source National Geographic)
Plastic Song premieres online on Youtube at 8pm UK time on 22nd July 2020.