Heathrow Won't Listen: Anti-third runway campaigners choose top film at Richmond Theatre

People voting for the winning film at Richmond Theatre. Pictures: Paul Hampartsoumian

People voting for the winning film at Richmond Theatre. Pictures: Paul Hampartsoumian

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David Cameron and other party leaders are about to get an influx of anti Heathrow expansion movies thrust under their noses after a contest on the issue saw a filmmaking team win £10,000.

The no ifs no buts film competition welcomed about 1,000 people to Richmond Theatre at a gala evening on Wednesday, June 18, to pick a winning film out of a shortlist of 14 that all explained why expansion at the hub airport should not go ahead.

Streatham Guardian:

Judges Holly Willoughby, Hugh Grant, Rachel Johnson

Compered by former Conservative MP Gyles Brandreth, celebrity judges Hugh Grant, Holly Willoughby and Rachel Johnson, picked a top-three from the shortlisted films before they let the audience decide the winner.

The winners who bagged the £10,000 prize were Dan Grant, Andrew Chan and Tom Murray, who impressed with their movie Heathrow Won’t Listen.

The winning film: Heathrow Won't Listen (Dan Grant, Andrew Chan and Tom Murray)

Mr Murray, 22, said: “I was completely shocked. To turn around and see the audience was completely overwhelming. It was something I didn’t expect and I am very grateful.”

Actor Hugh Grant praised the filmmakers for their efforts.

He said: “It was just plain difficult.

“Cliché after cliché comes pouring out of my mouth, but they could have all won prizes.”

Themes in the shortlisted films included air pollution, health risks, destruction of homes, noise and traffic impacts all associated with a third runway at Heathrow.

TV presenter Holly Willoughby said all of the films conveyed very strong messages.

She said: “This is a problem that affects so many people.

“It is not a given, it is real life – and we can do something about it.”

The film that came second place and won £3,000 was Hugh Grant’s favourite - an animation called Say No by Kevin Jarin and Jacob Green.

Say No (Kevin Jarin and Jacob Green) came in 2nd place

The competition was a direct revolt to Mr Cameron’s comments in 2009 when the then leader of the opposition said categorically there would be no third runway at Heathrow, “No ifs, no buts”.

Mr Goldsmith agreed to show the films to the Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and Nigel Farage to reiterate the force of disdain for a third runway at Heathrow.

Mr Goldsmith added: “We got 100 times more responses than I was hoping for.

“All of these films are going to help us win this campaign.

“The standard was very high and the messages are very powerful.

“No Government can deliver Heathrow expansion.

“This is just the tip of a very very huge iceberg.”

In third place and the welcome recipients of a £1,000 prize was Gabor Eszenyi with his film Life Under the Path.

Life Under the Path (Gabor Eszenyi)

Peter Willan, chairman of Richmond Heathrow Campaign, which supported the contest, said it was encouraging to see filmmakers show an interest in an issue campaigners have been fighting for.

He said: “It broadcasts the campaign and focuses the attention on the issues and it brings home the impact on real people’s lives.

“This is a unique and innovative way of getting the message across.”

Students from Barnes Film Academy are making a documentary of the competition for Mr Goldsmith.

Streatham Guardian:

Winner Tom Murray holds a giant cheque with (L-R) Gyles Brandreth, Zac Goldsmith MP, Hugh Grant, Holly Willoughby and Rachel Johnson

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2:13pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Tony from Surbiton says...

The first one makes it look like we all live in the middle of the countryside - we don't. The noise from the plane has also been artificially increased, which is a bit of a cheat.

The cartoon is quite good, but again is totally exaggerated regarding the supposed impact.

I quite like the third one, although again the impact is totally exaggerated. You would have to live very close to the airport to get woken up by a plane. Anyone who says different needs to seek urgent medical help - or replace their roof which has obviously blown off!

It's a shame that those who oppose the third runway resort to such deceptions, as it doesn't do their campaign and reputation any good at all.
The first one makes it look like we all live in the middle of the countryside - we don't. The noise from the plane has also been artificially increased, which is a bit of a cheat. The cartoon is quite good, but again is totally exaggerated regarding the supposed impact. I quite like the third one, although again the impact is totally exaggerated. You would have to live very close to the airport to get woken up by a plane. Anyone who says different needs to seek urgent medical help - or replace their roof which has obviously blown off! It's a shame that those who oppose the third runway resort to such deceptions, as it doesn't do their campaign and reputation any good at all. Tony from Surbiton
  • Score: 2

2:33pm Thu 19 Jun 14

helen59 says...

Heathrow will never listen because it brings in so much money for the economy - I remember Heathrow when there was just one building and tents and now look at it - brilliant. the expansion needs to happen.
Heathrow will never listen because it brings in so much money for the economy - I remember Heathrow when there was just one building and tents and now look at it - brilliant. the expansion needs to happen. helen59
  • Score: 1

11:11pm Thu 19 Jun 14

buggsie says...

Get woken up frequently at 4.30 am by aircraft - then perhaps folk will start being anti 3rd runway.
Get woken up frequently at 4.30 am by aircraft - then perhaps folk will start being anti 3rd runway. buggsie
  • Score: 1

1:16pm Fri 20 Jun 14

kingstonpaul says...

Many anti-airport arguments are specious, because protestors are looking at aircraft noise in isolation. If you choose to live in a city of 8.2 million, you have to be prepared to accommodate some trade-offs. The reality is that London has considerable plusses, which we balance against the negatives. London isn’t some sylvan idyll, free of noise and pollution. It’s a thriving global economic and cultural powerhouse, and that brings huge benefits to people who live here. I’m more than familiar with the irritation that aircraft noise produces, especially at 6 am on a Sunday morning when that first flight of the day to Madrid takes off. But it’s one of many irritants. For me the positives still outweigh the negatives – but if ever the day arrives where the reverse is true, it’s probably time to ship out.
Many anti-airport arguments are specious, because protestors are looking at aircraft noise in isolation. If you choose to live in a city of 8.2 million, you have to be prepared to accommodate some trade-offs. The reality is that London has considerable plusses, which we balance against the negatives. London isn’t some sylvan idyll, free of noise and pollution. It’s a thriving global economic and cultural powerhouse, and that brings huge benefits to people who live here. I’m more than familiar with the irritation that aircraft noise produces, especially at 6 am on a Sunday morning when that first flight of the day to Madrid takes off. But it’s one of many irritants. For me the positives still outweigh the negatives – but if ever the day arrives where the reverse is true, it’s probably time to ship out. kingstonpaul
  • Score: -2

7:57pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Melvinpotts says...

I lived in South London for many years and now live in Chicago. It is imperative that people understand how much your quality of live will change
with additional runways.
In past years with the change in flight patterns there has been a very high
increase in the number of children with asthma. On very warm days, we are
told to stay inside because of red alert pollution.
The noise pollution from air and auto traffic is constant from 10 PM through
Noon the next day. My windows are always filthy because of the traffic.
I live a long way from O'Hare Airport and still suffer the consequences of
necessary "upgrades." Imagine how those closer to Heathrow will feel.
I lived in South London for many years and now live in Chicago. It is imperative that people understand how much your quality of live will change with additional runways. In past years with the change in flight patterns there has been a very high increase in the number of children with asthma. On very warm days, we are told to stay inside because of red alert pollution. The noise pollution from air and auto traffic is constant from 10 PM through Noon the next day. My windows are always filthy because of the traffic. I live a long way from O'Hare Airport and still suffer the consequences of necessary "upgrades." Imagine how those closer to Heathrow will feel. Melvinpotts
  • Score: 3

10:10pm Fri 20 Jun 14

darionLeigh says...

I was one of the finalists. I made a film too. I hope you like it. https://vimeo.com/97
540917
I was one of the finalists. I made a film too. I hope you like it. https://vimeo.com/97 540917 darionLeigh
  • Score: 1

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