Award-winning climate change documentary Thin Ice is showing in New Zealand for the first time.
The director's broadcast cut of Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science will make its New Zealand debut in Auckland on Sunday evening.
The film, made by Victoria University of Wellington and Oxford University, has screened around the globe and is a finalist at the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2015 – Now it's time for the documentary to come home.
Sunday's premiere will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the film's co-director and Wellington geographer Simon Lamb and Lawless.
The Kiwi actress and activist said she is lending her support to the project because "for too long climate science has been treated with contempt when in fact it is the greatest hope for our future.
"Everyone should see this film to understand how climate science offers our grandchildren a brighter future".
Lamb, Victoria University's School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences associate professor, was joined by leading documentary film maker David Sington for the Thin Ice project.
Lamb started his journey in 2006 in response to climate sceptics.
The film follows his personal journey of discovery for more than three years as he meets and interviews 40 scientists working at the front line of climate change research in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the United States.
The scientists talk about their work, their hopes and fears with a rare candour and directness.
Sington, who worked with Ron Howard on the highly-acclaimed first moon landing documentary - In the Shadow of The Moon, said Thin Ice had been "a fascinating and unusual project to be involved with.
Most of the material in the film was shot by Lamb over three years without any involvement from Sington, he said.
"When Simon asked me if I would be willing to put all this material together, I was at first a little sceptical, but I soon realised that he had managed to capture something unique.
"Perhaps because they were talking to a fellow scientist, all the contributors spoke with a relaxed confidence and candour that meant that not only did their science come across with rare clarity, but their personalities and engagement with their work did as well."
Sington said he soon realised Lamb's own journey had to be part of the story.
"I think the final result is probably the most scientifically informative documentary ever made about climate change.
"I hope it also has a subtle emotional undertow which makes it an enjoyable and ultimately rather moving film to watch."
Since its global launch on Earth Day 2012, the film has screened around the world, the DVD has been released and it has been shown at a range of film festivals, picking up numerous awards.
The New Zealand premiere comes as the country's stance on climate change comes to the fore.
The Government has set its target of an 11 per cent cut to carbon emissions below the country's 1990 level by 2030. The goal was set ahead of a major UN climate change conference later this year.
Kiwi climate change documentary premieres in New Zealand video LAURA WALTERS September 6 2015