It certainly is an apt description of our current Government’s attitude towards climate change, but this is about the movie, and the joint fundraiser/event with 350.org.nz last night.
The Age of Stupid is a 90-minute film about climate change, set in the future. Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devasted world of 2055, looking back at “archive” footage from 2007 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?
While I wouldn’t go so far as to call the evening uplifting, the Paramount theatre was packed to the rafters, with a real buzz in the crowd. The story is based on the IPCC’s business as usual assessment, and much of the footage used for the film is real. It weaves the story of six different people, (real people, from today) in the same way the movie Traffic does, telling a compelling story about the time we live in.
It was produced by new Zealand Green Party candidate Lizzie Gillett. There is an extended interview with Lizzie and TV3 talking about the premier, the making of the film and getting Pete onboard. Director Franny Armstrong brought us McLibel and other documentary hits, and has an interesting RadioNZ interview of her own.
The Listener waxed poetic about the film:
It’s been made cheaply, the subject matter is bleak but a Kiwi-produced documentary is taking the world by storm.
Sure, darlings of the fashion world are a must at any movie premiere, but this is probably the only one where Vivienne Westwood has arrived on her bike, skirt tucked into her knickers.
And probably the only one where a national treasure has threatened to renounce his title. At the March London premiere of new environmental doco The Age of Stupid, Pete Postlethwaite vowed to hand back his OBE if plans for a new coal-fired power station in Kent went ahead.
I recommend that anyone who simply cannot conceive of how imminent a problem climate change is, goes to see Age of Stupid.