Climate change film ‘The Age of Stupid’ will see Pete Postlethwaite posing the question of why we didn’t do something to save ourselves to Australia and New Zealand at tomorrow’s premiere. The premiere will be the follow on from the low carbon example set by the UK premiere in March which set a Guiness world record for the largest simultaneous film premiere with people watching the live link-up with London from cinemas across the UK.
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When the reels finished whirring at last night’s premiere of Age of Stupid, the satellite link-up continued, with the opportunity to ask questions of Franny Armstrong, Lizzie Gillett and wind turbine campaigner Piers Guy. Pete Postlethwaite, the star of the show – though he wouldn’t admit it, stating instead that humanity was the true star – joined Franny and Lizzie on stage and told the audience about his reason for getting involved in this thought provoking motion picture. Although his wife got the blame for bringing out the environmentalist in him when standing on the green carpet before the premiere began, Pete feels strongly about the message that the film portrays, saying that it was a film that had to be done.
Pete Postlethwaite came into the film following a speculative enquiry from writer and director, Franny, that was given hope when Franny found a story in a Shropshire newspaper telling of a proposal that Pete and his family had put forward to install their own wind turbine.
Among the audience in the solar cinema itself, were secretary of state for energy and climate change, Ed Miliband and actress Gillian Anderson. Gillian, for whom last night’s viewing was the 3rd time she had seen the film, commented rather emotionally on how powerful the film was, and stated that it inspires people to do something, anything to help the cause that the film is promoting, and this is so true. The way that the people and events were captured on film pulls at your conscience and common sense alike to really make you think.
Stop Climate Chaos, which is made up of over 100 organisations including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and the Wildlife Trust to name but a few, took to the stage to share their support for the film, and also for the Not Stupid campaign which launched at the end of the event. Franny confided in the audience that she had thought that once the film was finished, she would be able to retire to grow vegetables, but that the realism of it is – as climate campaigners and experts advised her – the journey has only just begun.
The Not Stupid campaign aims to make people aware of the opportunity we have – many say the last opportunity we have – to make a change to our habits and curb our carbon consumption habits by taking serious action at the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen in 9 months time. The Green Village supports aims to make Age of Stupid available to as many people as possible, because the message it portrays is important to so many people. As the film suggests, now is the time to act if we don’t want the predictions of the film to become reality, people need to receive the wake-up call that this film provides. Show your support for the film by leaving a comment.
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.
Anybody waking up in London this morning who makes their way past Leicester Square will see a totally different scene to normal. The sun is shining (thank goodness) ready to bring life to the banks of solar panels that have been set up to power the solar cinema where the premiere of this pioneering film, ‘The Age of Stupid’ takes place this evening.
As well as the unique set up of a solar powered cinema for the screening in London, up and down the UK, 78 screenings are taking place as cinemas are welcoming customers to live link-ups in a bid to break the record for the largest number of people watching a premiere. To do your bit to help the cause, and be inspired and challenged in your views about Climate Change, go along to one of the following cinemas that still have tickets available:
Tickets running out:
Aberdeen, Lincoln, Acton, Newcastle – Star City, Edinburgh Ocean, Harrow, Inverness, Portsmouth, Romford, Greenwich, Guilford, Kingston, Tunbridge Wells, Wimbledon, Birmingham, Bristol Longwell, Cambridge, Enniskillen, Exeter, Glasgow (GFT), Manchester, Milford Haven, Naul, Co.Dublin, Newry Film Club, Plymouth, Reading
Tickets available – please help to change this:
Hatfield, Swindon, York, Watford, Staines, Cheshire Oaks, Croydon Purley Way, Leeds Kirkstall, Leicester, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Preston, Southport, Hatfield, Cardiff, Tyneside, Portaoise, Co. Laois, Romford, Swindon
Lots of tickets available – tell everyone you know about it:
Blackburn, Bury, Carlisle, Livingston, Scunthorpe, Staines, Braehead, Hatfield, Wigan, Tinahely
The Green Village Team will be attending the premiere this evening, so come back later for Part 2 and share your thoughts on the film if you can make it, or find out what you’ve missed if you can’t.