The Green Village Team has just returned from the local cinema, where along with 73 other people, a satellite link-up to the special solar cinema set up in Leicester Square screened the premiere of Age of Stupid. The film saw the likes of Alistair Campbell, Ken Livingstone and actress Gillian Anderson, who told crowds she had already seen the film twice and found it extremely powerful and inspired you to want to do something, no matter how small, to help the cause the film is campaigning for.
Entering the cinema, the screen was already showing Pete Postlethwaite arriving on his recycled bike on the green carpet – which was already recycled and would go on to be used again following the event, and the solar car that Piers arrived in was parked beside the railings. After an introduction from Friends of the Earth representatives, interviews on the green carpet began with writer and director Franny Armstrong and producer Lizzie Gillett who proudly told viewers that the film’s carbon footprint is 1% of that of The Day After Tomorrow, and that the premiere itself was 1% of a typical Hollywood film. In addition, all guests attending the premiere had been told they had to do so using green transport, whether by foot or by bus. If anybody had attended by plane, the audience was advised, this act alone would have doubled the total carbon emissions of the entire event.
Age of Stupid, set in 2055, follows The Archivist, played by Pete Postlethwaite, as he lives his lonely existance reviewing a compilation of recordings that have taken place since 2005 and contributed to the current climate crisis the Earth now faces. Apart from this, there is not much else I can say for what happens in the film itself – you need to watch it to find out. You may well find that some of the scenes are familiar as footage is taken from actual events that we have lived through over the past 4 years, but it is the stories of the people attached to the footage, and the message that runs through the film that really hits you when you watch the film. It makes you think.
The screenings of the premiere across 65 different cinemas across the UK, including a sell-out Youth Screening in Fulham where adults were only permitted entrance if accompanied by a child, were supported by and introduced by representatives from Friends of the Earth, with representatives from other groups joining in at our screening, and no doubt others too, spreading the word about the many organisations out there for people to get involved with and do their bit to help prevent the scenes on the screen becoming a reality.