The Age of Stupid
Yesterday the new climate change movie â€œThe Age of Stupidâ€ had premiere in the UK. The movie stars Pete Postlethwaite as an archivist in the devastated world of the future, asking the question: "Why didn't we stop climate change when we still had the chance?" He looks back on footage of real people around the world in the years leading up to 2015 before runaway climate change took place.
The movie has already received positive reviews in the press and celebrities, politicians and environmentalists have all praised it. The Guardian has said the movie is â€œfascinatingâ€. And that â€œthe message, never stated but constantly emerging, is that we all have our self-justifying myths. These myths prevent us from engaging with climate change.â€ The New Statesman says the movie is â€œanything but a good-guys-versus-bad-guys polemic. It is angry but nuanced, despairing but strangely motivating.â€
Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London have praised the movie and said that "every single person in the country should be forcibly made to watch this film". George Monbiot, Britainâ€™s leading green commentator, has said that "it is a captivating and constantly surprising film: the first successful dramatisation of climate change to reach the big screen".
I am definitely looking forward to watch this movie. Maybe. Just maybe it will be better than Al Goreâ€™s â€œAn Inconvenient Truthâ€. What do you think?
Watch the Trailer:
The movie is directed by Franny Armstrong, produced by John Battsek and will be released in UK cinemas on 20 March 2009, followed by other countries. The movie will be followed by a â€œNot Stupidâ€ campaign that will help put "serious pressure on the decision makers at Copenhagen in Decemberâ€.