One of Britain's best-loved comedians, Romesh Ranganathan, is starring in a short film, 'Bat Sh*t', which challenges the misconception that bats are to blame for the coronavirus pandemic. (Watch the short film at the end of this article.)
The tongue-in-cheek film, produced by Manchester based independent television production company, Chief Productions, highlights the real issues behind the Covid-19 outbreak including the destruction of natural habitats, the illegal wildlife trade and unchecked consumption.
‘Bat Sh*t’ gives a voice to some of the other animal species who have fallen victim to human behaviour over the years including pangolins, rats, pigs, birds, and rabbits.
Romesh, who plays a rabbit that has endured a lifetime of cosmetic testing in a science lab, provides the voice of reason in the short film. Speaking about the importance of the project, he said: “Conservation is an essential battle that often falls to the bottom of people’s priorities. It’s important to keep it consistently high on the agenda.”
‘Bat Sh*t’ is the latest in a series of short-form films from Chief Productions to raise awareness of environmental issues. The multi-award-winning TV production company, headquartered in MediaCityUK, Salford and with offices in Leeds, London, Sydney & Cape Town, gained global acclaim for its recent brand funded documentary work including Ubisoft’s ‘Wildlands’, Woolmark’s ‘Slowing down fast fashion with Alex James’ and ‘Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyong Yang’, with mainstream distribution across Netflix, Showtime, BBC iPlayer, Google Play and Amazon Prime. In 2015 Chief Production's 'Green Santa', a 12-part series designed to educate and entertain children about the ecological issues affecting our planet, was commissioned by CITV; leading Chief to receive a Bafta nomination.