Greenpeace doc announced at MIPTV

Jerry Rothwell to direct feature doc; miniseries also planned

TORONTO -- Jerry Rothwell ("Deep Water") is to direct a feature documentary about the Canada-originating environmental group Greenpeace from Insight Production Company and Met Film, it was announced at MIPTV.

Insight and Met also plan a scripted miniseries "Greenpeace: Making Waves," which, like the feature doc "How to Change the World," are based on the original novels "Greenpeace to Amchitka" and "To Save a Whale" by Robert Hunter, the late Greenpeace co-founder.

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Rothwell will direct "How to Change the World" using footage from Hunter's personal archives and newly-shot interviews to portray how an eclectic group of Canadians and Americans originally launched daring environmental protests around the world.

Hunter and fellow Greenpeace co-founders first gained prominence confronting whalers and seal hunters on the open seas before eventually campaigning against nuclear testing and pollution of the seas.

The feature documentary will be executive produced by John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions, Al Morrow and Jonny Persey from Met Film, Bous de Jong from Daniel Films and Earthstock Films' Mike Puxley.

"Greenpeace has been a Canadian gift to the world, a legacy that changed the way we look at our planet and one of Canada's most important stories that needs to be told," Insight's Brunton said.

In other MIPTV news, Shaftesbury Sales Company sold the TV movie "Vacation with Derek," based on the Canadian comedy series "Life with Derek," to Nick in Australia.

"Vacation with Derek" is produced by Shaftesbury Films.