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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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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:
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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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Why didn't we save ourselves when we had the chance?
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56 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
Not perfect, but a must-see for all, 5 April 2009
Author: robcowen from London, England

The Age of Stupid is a film about climate change, but it's not An Inconvenient Truth: Part Deux. Whereas the purpose of Al Gore's 2006 box office hit was to shake us from our slumber of self-comforting denial, Stupid is designed to take hold of our heads and smash our faces repeatedly into a table until we get up and do things differently.

It's indicative of how the debate has shifted over the last few years that Stupid does not spend time linking climate change with greenhouse gas emissions. The film states that less than 1% of climate scientists believe that there is any doubt about that link (even if this number rises to 60% when the general public are asked their opinion). The debate is over at long last, so the intention of Stupid is to use human stories to illustrate what a serious pickle our species has got itself into.

Stupid is mostly a documentary following the very different lives of six individuals and families around the world. The subjects include an oil geologist who lived in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit, attempting to deal with the devastation of losing everything he owned to a natural disaster that was probably worsened by the burning of oil that he discovered.

Stupid is immaculately produced, carefully involving the audience in the on screen emotions, from sharing the heartbreak of the elderly French mountain guide witnessing a glacier recede, to the frustrated anger of the environmentalist whose wind farm had been blocked by a local NIMBY campaign.

Linking the documentaries together is a series of animated fact files from Passion Pictures (famous for the Gorrilaz) and an innovative fictional subplot starring Pete Postlethwaite. Postlethwaite plays the role of an archivist in 2055, responsible for curating a climate-proof store of human culture, history and scientific discovery, as well as two pickled specimens of every creature on Earth. At this stage, the planet is all-but uninhabitable and the archivist creates the film as a warning for whichever civilisation finally inherits the Earth.

Stupid focuses on the idea that it was our behaviour in the years up to 2015 that caused unstoppable climate change, culminating in the near- extinction of life by the middle of the century. Postelthwaite's character struggles to comprehend quite why we did nothing to stop our own suicide even when we knew that we could.

So is it a good film? Yes, it's bordering on the brilliant. At times it made me laugh, at other times it filled me with tears, and at one point I literally swung my fist in anger at the Daily Mail worshipping, house price obsessed, anti-wind lobbyists. Stupid isn't perfect; I felt that a couple of the documentary subjects distracted from the main issue of climate change by focusing on the evils of Big Oil. However, I would still challenge anyone who sees this film to leave the cinema without a fire in their belly.

Sadly, The Age of Stupid has not been seen by many people. It is an independent film which was funded entirely by small contributions from public investors. As such, it hasn't had the benefit of large distribution networks and, three weeks after release, is only now available at a few commendable cinemas. I shared the experience with 13 other people at the Panton St Odeon in London. Elsewhere, Horne and Corden's Lesbian Vampire Killers was probably playing to a full house. The Age of Stupid sounds like quite an apt title to me.

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