Puttnam to bring Greenpeace book to screen

Puttnam to bring Greenpeace book to screen

The story of Greenpeace activists Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg by Ben Stewart will be made into a film buy Oscar-winner Lord Puttnam.

The book, published by Guardian Faber last month, tells the story of the Arctic 30, a team of Greenpeace activists who were detained in a Russian jail following their attempt to storm a Gazprom oil platform.

Lord Puttnam, the producer of "Chariots of Fire" which won the Academy Award for best picture, announced at this week's Cannes Film Festival that he would be turning the story into a film.

He told the BBC that making the film tied in with his beliefs about campaigning for environmental causes, having been chairman of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill in 2008. He said: "Not really believing in coincidences, I found myself absorbing Ben Stewart's recounting of the adventures of The Arctic Thirty at exactly the same time as being urged by my friend and colleague, Hani Farsi, to use my former skills to highlight my environmental concerns."