So why is Hard Rain so stunning and so moving, and why does it feel so right? Part of the answer, of course, lies in the quality of the visual images. But the thematic bundling of these images with Dylan’s song could still seem gauche or exploitative were it not for two factors. The most important of these is the sheer brilliance of the dialogue Edwards has created between the words and the images, the way they synthesise into some third form that combines the stillness of a picture with the urgency of a ballad. Edwards’ conjunctions are so carefully and thoughtfully constructed that they enforce on the viewer a kind of tact that wards off mere voyeurism.
Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times
When it comes to these challenges, we are all in it together – we all have a role to play. The decisions we make, for example, about shopping, travelling and living all make a difference. So the lesson from Hard Rain is not only of the damage we are causing, but of the shared responsibility we all have to respond – and to do those things which, step by step, can make a real difference.
Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
This disturbing, powerfully moving work is a masterpiece that summons up the ghosts of our past and a vision of the future that is ours to change. Regret and optimism make strange bedfellows, but great artists have always known this.
Tim Smit, Chief Executive and co-founder, The Eden Project
Hard Rain is a piece of sustained beauty. I treasure it.
I wish it could be read by every young person and politician.
Tore Brevik, Former Communications Director, UNEP
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The carbon emissions from Hard Rain Project have been fully offset through Rainforest Concern's Forest Credits programme