The Kingsnorth Six made history last year: accused of causing £30,000 of criminal damage to Kingsnorth power station, their defence of "lawful excuse"was accepted by the jury - because they were acting to safeguard property around the world "in immediate need of protection" from the impacts of climate change, caused in part by burning coal.
Inspired by their story internationally acclaimed director, Nick Broomfield has just completed a 20 minute film celebrating the spirit of direct action. The film tells the story activists who scaled the 220m chimney at a coal fired power station and the landmark case with supporting testimony by the world's leading climate scientist, Dr James Hansen of NASA.
After hearing all of the evidence, the jurors (representatives of ordinary British people) supported the right to take direct action to protect the climate from the burning of coal. The New York Times listed the defence as one of the ideas that defined 2008.
Nick Broomfield brought together a first class team including, editor Ian Davies and co-producer Michelle Thomas. Drawn to the material and the prospect of working with Broomfield, everyone on the picture gave their time for free and was happy to do so.
Nick Broomfield said: "Obviously offering your services for a film is not exactly direct action but it's doing something that is long overdue. People need to feel that they need to be involved themselves directly rather than relying on other people to do it for them. I suppose this was my own little step in that direction."
If you liked A Time Comes and want to inspire more people to take action for the climate, Bright Green Pictures is offering the film free to share it with your friends and family.
Nick Laird-Clowes composed the music for the documentary and after seeing the film for the first time wrote the song "Mayday", which he describes as "a meditation on legitimate street protest in the light of the recent G20 and Climate Camp crackdowns". The music was recorded over the May bank holiday this year and contains vocal and guitar contributions from David Gilmour. You can download the song or click the play button below to listen.
A 30 minute interview with Nick Broomfield talking about the making of 'A Time Comes'. Click on the play button below to listen, or download the mp3 here »
Behind the scenes images of the volunteers who scaled the 220m chimney at a coal power station in 2007 to protest against government plans to build new coal plants across Britain.
Slideshow: the Kingsnorth Six story in pictures »
Nick Broomfield filmed interviews with the volunteers in the Greenpeace warehouse, we snapped a few pictures of him at work to share with you.
Flickr Album: Nick Broomfield at work on 'A Time Comes' »
Our blogger Bex reported daily on the court proceedings during the Crown Court case. From curly wigs to expert testimony, you can read about what happened during the trail.
The Kingsnorth Six trial: read the daily updates »
Leading climate scientist and director of NASA's Goddard Institute Professor James Hansen provided expert testimony at the trial.
Read Dr James Hansen's expert testimony »