UK Premiere: Meat The Future

Planet Shine’s inaugural Ethical Film Festival is delighted to announce the UK premiere of Meat The Future. Narrated by renowned conservationist Dr Jane Goodall and featuring a soundtrack by musician and humanitarian Moby, this extraordinary film takes a look at the food revolution coming to your plate.

Meat made from cells, without animal slaughter, will change how we eat forever.

Hailed by Variety as “engrossing” and “persuasive,” Meat the Future follows visionary scientist Dr Uma Valeti on his mission to create “cultivated meat.” Dr Valeti spent his childhood in India dreaming of growing meat on trees as an alternative to killing animals. Hungry for change, inspiration struck when Mayo Clinic trained cardiologist Dr. Uma Valeti, injected stem cells into patients’ hearts to regenerate heart muscle. He took a risky passion-driven career turn and co-founded Memphis Meats (now rebranded to Upside Foods), a leader in the field of cultivated meat – a game-changing innovation which produces real meat directly from animal cells, without the need to raise and slaughter animals.

The timing is pertinent, with the most recent UN Climate Change Report sounding a “code red for humanity” and COP26 taking place imminently. Currently, animal agriculture dominates nearly half of the world’s land surface. Plus, it produces more greenhouse gases than all forms of transportation. Compared to conventionally produced beef, cell-based beef uses 95% less land, and produces 87% less emissions. With the prospect of meat consumption doubling by 2050, clearly we need solutions now. 

This is something that MTF narrator and longtime animal activist Dr Jane Goodall is all too aware of. “I’m excited about the documentary because it is solution-focused. The film proposes a way forward, to reduce methane, to reduce water and land use, to lessen the suffering of  animals, and to prevent future viral outbreaks,” she explains. Best known for groundbreaking studies of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania, Dr Goodall is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, a global conservation organisation. Having advocated for decades on climate action, she continues to be a worldwide phenomenon, encouraging positive action to create a better planet for both people and animals.

The need for action is a sentiment echoed by musician Moby, who not only scored the film, but produced it too. “I’m very happy and proud to announce that I am an Executive Producer of the documentary Meat the Future, by award-winning writer-director Liz Marshall. It’s about the remarkable development of cultivated meat, which can help us save the only home that we have in our fight against climate change.” In addition to selling over 20 million records and working with David Bowie, Public Enemy, and Daft Punk, Moby collaborates closely with multiple non-profits such as The Humane Society, Emily’s List, and The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. 

Meat the Future is directed by Liz Marshall, award-winning filmmaker of multiple impactful environmental and social justice documentaries. Her 2013 film “The Ghosts in Our Machine” dived deep into the exploitation of animals for food, fashion, entertainment, and research.  Other films include “Midian Farm,” about a 1970s back-to-land social experiment, and “Water on the Table,” about the human right to water amidst a global water crisis. She is positive about the Meat the Future message. “Over five years, our lens was situated at the forefront of a historic and hopeful movement of change,” she says. “What the future holds for cultivated meat is unclear, but I believe its revolutionary journey into the world will stand the test of time.”

The UK Premiere of Meat the Future is screening virtually via the planetSHINE cinema, and as part of our newly-launched Ethical Film Festival, on the 27th October 2021. You can secure your ticket here (UK residents only)