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The Age of Stupid -- This documentary/drama/animation hybrid 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?"

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Franny Armstrong (written by)
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Release Date:
20 August 2009 (New Zealand) See more »
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Tagline:
Why didn't we save ourselves when we had the chance?
Plot:
A future archivist looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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this movie profoundly changed my way of thinking See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Pete Postlethwaite ... The Archivist
Jeh Wadia ... Himself
Alvin DuVernay ... Himself
Layefa Malini ... Herself
Jamila Bayyoud ... Herself
Piers Guy ... Himself
Lisa Guy ... Herself
Fernand Pareau ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mark Lynas ... Himself - Author, Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet
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Directed by
Franny Armstrong 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Franny Armstrong  written by

Produced by
Peter Armstrong .... co-executive producer
John Battsek .... executive producer
Lizzie Gillett .... producer
Bruce Goodison .... co-executive producer
Emily James .... co-executive producer
Andrew Ruhemann .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Chris Brierley 
 
Cinematography by
Lawrence Gardner 
 
Film Editing by
David G. Hill 
 
Casting by
Gemma Hancock 
Sam Stevenson 
 
Production Design by
David Bryan 
 
Set Decoration by
Fran Cooper 
 
Costume Design by
Heidi Miller 
 
Makeup Department
Astrid Kearney .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Wendy Dunleavy .... production supervisor
Lottie Gammon .... production supervisor
Alex Koehler .... production supervisor
Sylvia Wroblewska .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Judges .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Ronald Bailey .... sound mixer
Jeremy Cox .... audio mixer
Nick Cox .... sound designer
Nigel Edwards .... dubbing mixer
Jamie Selway .... sound designer
Alfie Thomas .... sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
Steve Cassar .... visual effects
James Feeney .... visual effects
Marc Knapton .... visual effects
Greg McKneally .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Franny Armstrong .... camera operator
Wailoon Chung .... genny operator: set
Steve Cortie .... gaffer
Dan Shoring .... first assistant camera
Dana S. Wilson .... still photographer (as Dana Wilson)
 
Animation Department
Robert Bradbrook .... lead animator
Cath Elliot .... lead animator
Daniel Haskett .... lead animator
Peter Hill .... lead animator
Jonathan Hodgson .... animation director
Marc Knapton .... lead animator
Greg McKneally .... lead animator
Leo Murray .... lead animator
Martyn Pick .... animation director
Bill Porter .... lead animator
 
Editorial Department
Andy Depledge .... assistant editor
Perry Gibbs .... colorist
David Kaplowitz .... assistant editor
John Kerron .... on-line editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
 
Music Department
Marcus Bates .... musician
Liz Cowdry .... musician
Andrew Davis .... musician
Ben Davis .... musician
Gary McGibbon .... musician
Kirsten Morrison .... musician
Mark Pharoah .... musician
Richard Pywell .... musician
Peter Robinson .... musician
Hannah Stuart .... musician
 
Other crew
Kate Cook .... location manager
George David .... logistics
Tara Dean .... legal
Sabrina Fidalgo .... post-production translator
Edward Hemming .... additional researcher
Ben Lee .... credits
Archana Menon .... production fixer
Alexandra Roxo .... assistant producer: post-production
 
Thanks
Max Pugh .... thanks
 

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92 min | Germany:89 min (European Film Market)
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Revealing mistakes: At the end of a timeline depicting the disasters Earth has to endure thanks to man's effect on global warming, an image of Earth is shown. Despite all talk of melting ice caps and rising sea levels, Earth's land mass looks exactly as it does when the film was made.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Archivist of the future:Welcome to the global Ark-ive, a vast storage structure located 800 km north of Norway. It contains the artwork from every national museum. There are pickled animals, stacked up, two by two; every film, every book, every scientific report, all stored on banks of servers. But the conditions we're experiencing now were actually caused by our behavior in the period leading up to 2015. In other words: we could have saved ourselves. We could have saved ourselves, but we didn't.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
A Life in AshesSee more »

FAQ

Why didn't we save ourselves when we had the chance?
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22 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
this movie profoundly changed my way of thinking, 26 December 2009
Author: 5h4d0w from ...

... and also thanks to the ratings and comments on the message board. (i want to point out that there was a lot more negative ratings/comments about this movie when i first reviewed it)

the film shows multiple stories which cover different aspects of how people contribute climate change and how they are affected in return. the nice thing is that it isn't a emotionally distanced documentary that just shows the results in a rather cold manner but also shows motivations of people and parts of their personal life.

a similar assumption to the one being made at the end of "diary of the dead" is being made in this movie: maybe humanity isn't worth saving. this thought is underlined by examples of ignorant and egotistical people.

some here say the movie is preachy - i think it is not preachy enough. you can't break the brainwashing of stupidity outlets like fox news with just showing facts. there should be texts saying "YOU are killing people right now". well, maybe not quite as harsh but still... the majority of the people need a metaphorical slap in the face to wake them up.

which brings me to the way in which this movie has changed my thoughts (and behavior). while watching these idiots protest a wind farm because their precious "view" might be destroyed, something finally clicked. i always knew that the majority of people are like that but the thing is - there is no appealing to them. their comfort is more important than anything else. and because of that, humanity truly deserves to perish. i've always tried to help and my biggest goal in life was to somehow improve life for people - but i now realize that they don't deserve it.

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The age of stupid started when they made this film! draborn1
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wtf with the windfarm? frogca
Climate Gate !! deuxtemps
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