SIR ELTON JOHN is an English singer-songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. In his five-decade career John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. For 31 consecutive years (1970–2000) he has had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100. He has the most No. 1 hits on US Adult Contemporary Chart. His single "Candle in the wind" sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single of all time. He has received six Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards – winning two awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music and the first Brits Icon in 2013, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, a Disney Legend award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era.
John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, is also an inductee into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. In 1996, John received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services" in 1998. He has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s. In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation and a year later began hosting the annual Academy Award Party, which has since become one of the highest-profile Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over $200 million.
DAVID FURNISH is a Canadian/British filmmaker, former advertising executive, and now a film director and producer most known for his documentary "Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras". He is the civil partner of British singer Elton John. Furnish is co-chief of Rocket Pictures along with Elton John Furnish serves on the board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, attending fundraisers and other events in support of that cause. Furnish is a contributing editor for Tatler magazine and also is a regular columnist for Interview and GQ.
After John and Furnish's attempts at adoption, highlighted in this film, the two became parents to two children, Zachary and Elijah, via surrogates.
DAVE PELZER is an American author, of several autobiographical and self-help books. He is best known for his 1995 memoir of childhood abuse, A Child Called 'IT'. As a small child Pelzer faced abuse for several years, which he wrote about in his books.
His first book A Child Called 'IT' was listed on the New York Times Bestseller list for several years and in 5 years had sold at least 1.6 million copies. Pelzer was later invited to television shows such as Montel Williams and The Oprah Winfrey Show to give interviews after the book was published. His second book, The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family was published shortly after in 1997. The book covered Pelzer's teen years. The third book in his series, A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness was about Pelzer's experiences as an adult and how he forgave his father. In 2001 he wrote Help Yourself: Finding Hope, Courage, And Happiness which was a self-help book. WATCH CLIP
FRANCESCA POLINI has held a number of posts encompassing both communication and change before becoming an author and passionate campaigner. She has worked as news producer in London and earned her degree in Economics before working for Mars Inc. in a number of roles including Head of Internal Communications and Head of Business Change Management for Europe. It was during this time that she completed her Master's degree in Responsibility and Business Practices with an emphasis on social responsibility and environmental and social justice. Subsequently she took a role as Global Communications Director for Greenpeace in Amsterdam. In 2009 she set up a consultancy, Wecare. Under the banner of 'turning good intentions into action' she works with businesses and communities to bring them closer for lasting change.
After adopting her first child from Mexico, Polini successfully published her first book Mexican Takeaway. In her determination to effect systemic change she founded and is currently the Chair of a not for profit organization, Adopt A Better Way, which campaigns for the rights of orphaned, abandoned, abused and neglected children to be given a much needed voice in the adoption debate.
PAUL R. EHRLICH is The Bing Professor of Population Studies in the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University and president of Stanford's Center for Conservation Biology, author of the best-selling book The Population Bomb, which has sold more than 2 million copies. Ehrlich is best known for his warnings about population growth and limited resources and one of the most cited experts on environmental issues by the media. Professor Ehrlich has received several honorary degrees, the John Muir Award of the Sierra Club, the Gold Medal Award of the World Wildlife Fund International, a MacArthur Prize, the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (given in lieu of a Nobel Prize in areas where the Nobel is not given), in 1993 the Volvo Environmental Prize, in 1994 the United Nations' Sasakawa Environment Prize, in 1995 the Heinz Award for the Environment, in 1998 the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and the Dr. A. H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences, in 1999 the Blue Planet Prize, in 2001 the Eminent Ecologist Award of the Ecological Society of America and the Distinguished Scientist Award of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and in 2009 the Margalef Prize in Ecology and Environmental Sciences.