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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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Featured in Pete Postlethwaite: A Tribute (2011) See more »

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Orchestral Score
Written by Chris Brierley
Produced by Paul Sampson & Chris Brierley
Performed by Stupid Orchestra
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The best 2009. film, and in my top ten films ever
4 November 2009 | by ivanp84See all my reviews

As a scientist (biochemist) almost every day I feel deep pain in my heart when the news shows frustrating human impact on the nature. Maybe 10 years pass since I joined Greenpeace site, but political instability in my country (Serbia) didn't let me to join the Greenpeace world protests, but I plan to participate in the future. The plot of this movie is more than realistic, all scientific evidences predicts very black future if global emission of greenhouse gases doesn't rapidly decrease until 2015. So, plotted 2055. tower whit the Archivist wouldn't be SF... The film have strong green message, and I am 100% sure that I'll watch again and recommend the film to my friends.


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