The new apocalyptic movie the ‘Age of Stupid’ is to be shown at Newport’s Quay Arts Centre on the Isle of Wight on Wednesday 2nd December at 7.30pm.
Pete Postlethwaite plays on the last humans alive in a post-apocalyptic world, wrecked by man-made climate change. He introduces a preserved video archive of news clips and interviews filmed way back in the first decade of the 21st century. He muses sorrowfully on how the human race could have been so stupid, ignoring the warning signs.
The wide-ranging film pulls together a varied and interesting collection of real witnesses in a documentary style, including a unrepentant oil executive in New Orleans, who is shown becoming reflective after Hurrican Katrina destroyed everything he owned – seeing how incompetence and inaction can open the flood gates of disaster.
The film uses footage of actual disasters linked to climate change and inteviews with real people affected or concerned about the issue. Those interviewed range from the passionate to the disinterested and selfish.
Postlethwaite’s character tells the camera: “We could have saved ourselves… but we didn’t.”
Showing the film is aimed at stimulating interest in the forthcoming UN Climate Change conference in Copenhagen in early December. This confernce will hopefully set targets for reduction of CO2 emissions. The Eco-Island supporters group, IW Friends of the Earth and the Footprint Trust are pleased that it will be shown and hope many people will go and see it.
“ If the world fails to deliver a political agreement at the UN climate conference in December, then Age of Stupid may become a reality”, says Ray Harrington-Vail of the Footprint Trust.
Minimum donation of £3 is suggested and all those attending will receive a complimentary glass of fair-trade wine of fruit juice – for more information phone (01983) 822490. All donations will be shared between the IW Friends of the Earth and the Steve Ross Foundation for the Arts (the charity which runs Quay Arts).
“Bold, supremely provocative, and hugely important, (the) film is a cry from the heart as much as a roar for necessary change.” Daily Telegraph
“… this rough-and-ready film is real enough. It’s refreshing too.” The Guardian.
“…instructive and pleasingly thoughtful…Time Out, London.
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