It’s a year since Project Wild Thing premiered in cinemas nationwide.
Since then the film has screened in 120 cinemas in the UK, at more than 600 schools, community spaces, National Trust places, on a ship and even from the top of mountains!
Audiences in the UK, Australia, Europe, Japan, the US and Canada have been treated to this heart-warming, though provoking film which follows film-maker David Bond in his efforts to encourage his children to spend more time outdoors in nature.
The film has been picking up plaudits around the globe and just this week Project Wild Thing won one of the most prestigious awards in educational film-making; the Grand Prix Japan Prize.
The prize is awarded for the most outstanding piece of media work that excels in its ability to educate, in its relevance to the times and its contribution to educational media.
We’re a proud supporter of Project Wild Thing and the Wild Network, the movement of thousands that has grown up around the film. Project Wild Thing has been shown at dozens of National Trust places – including the summit of Scafell Pike, the highest point in England.
Joanne Rawson, Volunteering and Community Involvement Manager at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, has organised screenings of Project Wild Thing for families of the Hardwick Wildlife Watch group, to staff and volunteers and partner organisations.
“What I love about Project Wild Thing is that it’s brought people together and been a catalyst for change”, Joanne says. “It doesn’t matter who you work for, where you live, or how much you earn; ultimately, we’re working towards the same goal: to connect kids with nature.
“On watching the film, the young members of our Wildlife Watch group were shocked that some children don’t have the same opportunities to connect with the outdoors as they do. It helped them see how having those outdoors experiences had benefited them in their lives.
“Staff here have said watching Project Wild Thing made them think about what they do with their own kids and grandchildren, which in itself is a great result.”