NEWS: Animal’s Asia ‘To the Moon and Back’ Film Premiere

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Animal’s Asia ‘To the Moon and Back’ Film Premiere

Orange Planet Productions premiered their beautifully compassionate new documentary ‘To the Moon and Back’, on the 24th of November 2016, based around the life story of Animal’s Asia founder Jill Robinson, at Pinewood Studios in front of a packed audience of passionate conservationists and wildlife media personnel.

The deeply moving film directed by Andrew Telling and presented by Peter Egan, follows Peter as he visits Animal’s Asia’s life saving bear sanctuary in Chengdu, China and talks to Jill about her very personal journey in deciding to start such a movement.

Animal’s Asia ‘To the Moon and Back’ Film Premiere
Jill Robinson meets Jasper a bear in a bile farm who ignited her drive to found Animal’s Asia

Born in the UK, Jill arrived in Hong Kong in 1985 and spent 12 years working in Asia as a consultant for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Repeatedly faced with scenes of widespread animal cruelty, she decided to introduce the concept of “animal welfare through people welfare” and founded Dr Dog in Hong Kong in 1991 – the first animal-therapy programme in Asia.

Animal’s Asia ‘To the Moon and Back’ Film Premiere
A moon bear in a bear bile farm – typical cramped, unhygienic conditions

Jill founded Animals Asia in 1998 – five years after an encounter with a caged bear on a farm in southern China changed her life forever. Learning that bear bile could be replaced by herbs, she vowed to put an end to bear bile farming. Since then, Animals Asia has rescued over 530 bears in China and Vietnam.

Animal’s Asia ‘To the Moon and Back’ Film Premiere
Founder of Animals Asia – Jill Robinson

The producers of the film mentioned that the hardest thing about working with Jill was her inability to talk about herself – totally unselfish – every time Peter posed a question to her about herself, she would quickly turn it around and talk about her ‘team’. This woman is what true heroes are made of.

Animal’s Asia ‘To the Moon and Back’ Film Premiere
Born Free Founder Virginia McKenna appears in the film alongside Jill Robinson

We have been informed by the production team that they are looking for wide release for the film, but cannot confirm when or how this will be as of yet.

Animal’s Asia ‘To the Moon and Back’ Film Premiere
Guests attend the screening including from left to right: Actor Dan Richardson, Founder Jill Robinson, Actress Rula Lenska and Wildlife Presenter Anneka Svenska

Photos ©Richard Symonds

To find out more about the film and Animals Asia Foundation, please visit the following websites:
www.moonandbackfilm.com
www.facebook.com/moonandbackfilm
Twitter: @moonandbackfilm

Animals Asia Foundation: www.animalsasia.org
Animals Asia Facebook: www.facebook.com/AnimalsAsia
Animals Asia Twitter: @AnimalsAsia

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