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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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20 August 2009 (New Zealand) See more »
Why didn't we save ourselves when we had the chance?
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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  (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:

Babou Ceesay ... Himself (voice)

Toyah Frantzen ... Herself

Mark Lynas ... Himself - Author, Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

Directed by
Franny Armstrong 
Writing credits
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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
Location Management
Kate Cook .... location manager
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
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
Max Pugh .... thanks

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92 min | Germany:89 min (European Film Market)
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The film takes place in 2055.See more »
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 »
[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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Sad but True, 28 May 2012
Author: billcr12 from United States

An appropriate title for a documentary in the genre of An Inconvenient Truth, minus the robot like Al Gore. Instead the narrator is Pete Postlethwaite, a dryly funny British actor who leads us through our insane self destruction. It is 2055, and Pete watches news clips of the past, in which the human race did little to prevent climate change. Through flashbacks to teal events, such as Hurricane Katrina, with with an interview with a survivor who stayed to help, in spite of the fact that he lost everything, Al Duvernay, and others show the real cost of our stupidity.

London is under water and Sydney is on fire; Las Vegas is a barren wasteland, and the Amazon rain forest is gone. We have almost completely destroyed the planet.

Piers Guy tries to make a difference by developing wind farms, a clean and renewable energy source. He battles residents of an English town who complain that the turbines will spoil their landscape. Not in my backyard, as the saying goes. It is our selfishness that will ultimately wipe us out.

Other people from around the world are interviewed who still haven't yet given up; but by the end of the film I personally believe that we are at a point of no return. We just cannot continue to add to a world population of over seven billion and survive. Nevertheless, The Age of Stupid is a fine effort.

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