Following a triumphant première last night in Reykjavik’s Haskolabio cinema, the brand new documentary Future of Hope is now on national release and will be shown in cinemas across Iceland. The British-Icelandic film was a labour of love and came perilously close to running out of cash before completion.
Future of Hope is the baby of British filmmakers Heather Millard and Henry Bateman who invested their personal time and funds in creating a documentary on the aftermath of Iceland’s economic crash. Heather Millard told RAS 2 radio that the original idea was to make a simple story about the crash itself; but the idea quickly changed when the crew saw how many people in Iceland were viewing the recession as an opportunity to change society and move to a more sustainable way of living.
The film is in English and includes interviews with famous Icelanders including author Andri Snaer Magnason and former president Vigdis Finnbogadottir.
Millard and Bateman, along with their Icelandic associates and crew, made Future of Hope with both Icelandic and international audiences in mind and it is hoped that the film will also become popular outside of Iceland. It is already possible to pre-order the DVD release on Amazon.
As previously reported on IceNews, the film nearly ran out of money during the crucial editing stage; but a concerted fundraising effort meant that Future of Hope could be released as planned.
You can watch the film trailer below, or visit www.futureofhope.co.uk