RiverBlue: can fashion save the planet?

Hosted by LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building


Roger Williams

Roger Williams


Professor Sam Fankhauser

Do you know how your clothes are made? The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment  and the Department of Geography and Environment present a screening of RiverBlue (2016), a documentary examining the harsh reality of how clothes are produced in a 21st century, globalized world. The film explores the links between consumption of fast fashion in the West and its production in developing countries, with knock on effects on water pollution, endangering the millions who depend on river water for their survival. 

Internationally renowned river advocate, Mark Angelo, journeys through some of the world’s most pristine to some of the most polluted rivers, in an unprecedented global adventure.  This quest set out originally to film rivers in an effort to protect them, but in the process uncovered the dark underside of the global fashion industry.  Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, our clothing, including one of our iconic products, blue jeans, is destroying rivers globally.  Shot in 5k with images both stunning and shocking, RiverBlue acts as a demand for significant change from the top fashion brand regarding how our clothes are manufactured.

Roger Williams is Producer and Director for RiverBlue.  He is an award winning Director/Producer and Director of Photography, who has worked with some of the world’s most respected broadcasters and entertainment companies

Sam Fankhauser (@SamFankhauser)is Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE.

Written by David McIlvride, directed by David McIlvride and Roger Williams and narrated by Jason Priestley.

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This event is part of the LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0 running from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 February 2018, with a series of events rethinking the welfare state for the 21st century and the global context.


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