Get ready for more negative stories about plastics, as the documentary film "Plastic Planet" opens tomorrow in some U.S. markets. Austrian director and author Werner Boote is behind the project -- this review from The Hollywood Reporter notes that Boote's grandfather was "an early plastics manufacturing executive [who] delivered lengthy lectures -- shades of The Graduate -- extolling [plastics'] virtues to his young grandson." Boote wasn't convinced. From the trailer, it looks like the focus of the movie will be on some of the most controversial issues the plastics industry has faced in recent years: marine debris and litter, and chemical safety (University of Missouri professor Frederick vom Saal is on screen talking about bisphenol A and polycarbonate.) More from the Hollywood Reporter's review:
The filmmaker takes a wide-ranging approach to his topic, traveling to many far-flung locations and interviewing scores of subjects ranging from plastics industry executives to experts in such fields as biology and genetics. Needless to say, none of the latter have anything very positive to say about the way plastics have come to permeate modern society.Take a look, you might see someone you know. I think I recognize some exhibits from the 2007 K show in Dusseldorf.