Comedian Simon Amstell Directs Feature Film on Veganism
“I have written and directed a film about veganism. I’m sorry,” says British comedian Simon Amstell of his first feature film set to premiere on BBC iPlayer in the spring. Titled Carnage: Swallowing The Past, the film is set in the future “where animals live equally amongst humans.” The BBC provides a synopsis:
“Set in a utopian 2067, Carnage looks back at a time when human beings ate other animals. For the young people of this time, the idea that their grandparents could have been complicit in a bloodbath of unnecessary suffering is wholly unimaginable. The film aims to break the taboo around Britain’s animal eating past, whilst showing compassion for a generation, now seeking therapy to cope with the horror of their unthinkable actions.”
In an interview with The Species Barrier Radio Show, Amstell stated that he was a vegetarian since the age of 24 or 25, before becoming veganish for two years, committing to the lifestyle after watching the documentary Earthlings, which made him “feel awful for about three days.” Just as that documentary had a huge impact on him, Victoria Jaye, Head of Content for BBC iPlayer, states that Amstell’s film will also have a profound impact on viewers:
“In a culture obsessed by what’s on our plates, Simon Amstell’s film Carnage imaginatively challenges our attitude towards eating meat, fish and cheese triangles. Prepare to never look at your dinner the same way again.”
The stars of the film include Martin Freeman, Joanna Lumley, Dame Eileen Atkins, as well as vegan MC JME, set to play himself.
Photo Credit: www.bbc.co.uk