A Billion Lives in the UK

If there’s one thing to learn about folk, it’s that folk like things to be easy. But if something is easy, how do you learn? Where’s the sense of accomplishment?

Let me just remind you of something that someone I respect has said:

I’m struck by the low level of support from some in the UK as well, considering there are five British people featured in the movie (same as the US).

I am of course talking about Aaron Biebert. The very same Aaron Biebert that spared a few minutes of his precious time to answer a few questions back in July

Considering that there has been so much attention garnered on the film A Billion Lives – so much so that it has gathered a number of accolades, including Best International Documentary, it has been disappointing to see the lack of interest in the UK.

https://twitter.com/ABillionLives/status/777608647471955969

Remember, A Billion Lives has been shown in New Zealand, Australia, Poland, France, America and Africa. So why not the UK, the place that has the most liberal approach to vaping?

Well, if you’ve been keeping up to date with the A Billion Lives e-mails, you’ll know there is an easy way for a showing to be had in a cinema near you – Demand.film.

A quick check shows that seven showings are now available for tickets in Preston, ManchesterGlasgow, Tamworth, Worcester, Lincoln, Greenwich and Hatfield.

With demand.film, they organise the screening all we need to do is guarantee a minimum number of tickets to confirm it. A minimum of 61 tickets per screening is required to confirm a showing of A Billion Lives at each of these seven locations around the UK.

If you don’t want to see it, maybe you know someone who does. Maybe you want to fire an e-mail to your MP so they can see it.

Remember, this film isn’t meant for us specifically. It’s for those that may switch in the future. The smokers. The policy makers. The general public.

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Can you imagine 45 million people standing up and speaking with one united voice?

That is the only way the well-funded pro-smoking propaganda gets stopped.

The UK now has seven chances to get this film seen.

Don’t waste it.

(Image credit Attention Era Media)

3 thoughts on “A Billion Lives in the UK

  1. Top tip: Don’t assume that ‘someone [you] respect’ knows what they’re talking about. I registered a London showing when I first got Aaron’s email. Apart from a confirmation email saying they’d let me know when they had something arranged with the cinema I haven’t heard back since.

    I assume it takes time for Demand to make arrangements and I probably made it especially difficult for them by using the post code for Leicester Square to try to keep it central. It is not true that there is little support for the film in the UK.

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    • The thing is, why has it taken until *now* for any hint of a UK showing?

      Since NZ it’s been shown in a lot more places, mostly with support from vapers and local vendors. Admittedly I may not see the whole picture, but I’ve not really seen overwhelming support from vapers, nor vendors in the UK.

      BTW, I assume nothing.

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  2. A disgrace indeed, but frankly, not entirely unexpected given how unenthusiastic the UK vapers are when it comes to things other than hand checks.

    Makes me wonder why I bother, then I remember I’m not doing it for them, I’m doing this for those that may choose to follow.

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