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The Age of Stupid (2009)

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A future archivist looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change.

Director:

Franny Armstrong
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pete Postlethwaite ... The Archivist
Jehangir Wadia Jehangir Wadia ... Himself (as Jeh Wadia)
Alvin DuVernay Alvin DuVernay ... Himself
Layefa Malini Layefa Malini ... Herself
Jamila Bayyoud Jamila Bayyoud ... Herself
Piers Guy Piers Guy ... Himself
Lisa Guy Lisa Guy ... Herself
Fernand Pareau Fernand Pareau ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Babou Ceesay ... Himself (voice)
Toyah Frantzen ... Dutch
Mark Lynas ... Himself - Author, Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet
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Storyline

This ambitious 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?" He looks back on footage of real people around the world in the years leading up to 2015 before runaway climate change took place. Written by Adela Pickles

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Taglines:

Why didn't we save ourselves when we had the chance?


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 August 2009 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

A Era da Estupidez See more »

Filming Locations:

Cornwall, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£650,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£101,752 (United Kingdom), 22 March 2009, Limited Release
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Production Co:

Spanner Films See more »
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Runtime:

| (European Film Market)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The film takes place in 2055. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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Connections

Featured in Pauw & Witteman: Episode #4.11 (2009) See more »

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A Life in Ashes
Written by Lee Tibbetts, Andy Hutton & Paul Fowler
Performed by Dragnerve
Under License from Dragnerve
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An interesting, though provoking film
10 August 2009 | by vix_greenSee all my reviews

Excellent film - a real wake-up call to all of us to think about the impact our lifestyles have on the environment, and the hypocrisy of the West in having enjoyed the lifestyles we have whilst dictating to those in countries like India and Africa that they should not be allowed to aspire to the same things.

As the contrasting points of view about the film on this site show...it certainly encourages debate, which can only be a good thing. It inspired me to want be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem, which is about as much as campaigning filmmaker can hope to achieve, isn't it?


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