Sky News’ ‘A Plastic Whale’ wins new Environmental Award at Global Sustainable Film Awards

Nov 30, 2017 | News

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By George Catchpole

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By Louise Bateman Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sky News’ shocking documentary highlighting the devastating effects of plastic in the ocean wildlife, has won the Press Association’s Environmental Storytelling Award at the 2017 tve Global Sustainable Film Awards (GSFA) on November 27.


The Environmental Storytelling Award is a new prize launched at this year’s GSFA, held at BAFTA. The GSFA are annual awards that put the spotlight on corporate innovation in sustainability through film. The awards are certified and supported by The Planet Mark™ through its partnership with the charity tve.

A Plastic Whale exposed the plastic-clogged intestines of a Cuvier’s beaked whale in a post-mortem. It helped raise awareness of the plastic crisis in our oceans through Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign and spurred action by Sky and others to commit to removing single use plastics from their operations.

“UK broadcasters are telling the environmental story […]. We wanted to formally recognise, with this award, best in sector of environmental storytelling,” said Tony Watson, managing director of PA, and a tve trustee.


Other GSFA winners this year, included Selfridges’ Material World (pictured), a short animated film exploring the sustainability of materials, in the Protecting Environment category, Neste’s Everybody Dies, But Not Everybody Lives, in the Reshaping the Economy category, and Co-op Group’s Great Things Happen When We Work Together_, in the Transforming Society category.

The winner of the Judges’ Special Mention Award was C40 Cities and Citi Foundation for We Live Here Together.

Winner of the Founder’s Award for Sustainability on the Big Screen was Lipstick Under My Burkha, produced by Prakash Jha and directed by Alankrita Shrivastava.

The GSFA, now in their sixth year, are sponsored by Fastflow Group.

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