The Age of Stupid

The Age of Stupid

Franny Armstrong (2008)

92min
12 Certificate
Sunday 9pm - 11pm London Live
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Review

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It's the year 2055 and the last man alive (Pete Postlethwaite) is recording a farewell message from an Arctic archive that contains the priceless relics of a doomed species. Summoning up clips on a drag-and-display screen, he laments the ignorance and arrogance of post-millennial humanity, which ignored all the portents and warnings, and continued to accelerate global warming, deplete natural resources and consume itself out of existence. Director Franny Armstrong (McLibel) deserves credit for making such bold use of this doomsday gambit. Filmed in six countries over three years, her footage has been neatly shaped to seem like the work of diverse individuals. But the message is consistent throughout and Postlethwaite avoids preaching by adopting a tone of weary fury at the thoughtless destruction of the planet. Sadly, it's hard to see how this finger-wagging from the future is going to prick the collective conscience of the world's political, commercial and industrial communities.

Summary

Drama documentary examining the impact of climate change. In an environmentally devastated future, the last man alive looks back at footage from 2008 to uncover the reasons why the human race did so little to prevent climate change before it was too late, examining real life stories including a windfarm developer fighting public opposition and an elderly mountain guide who has witnessed the melting of Alpine glaciers first-hand.

Cast & Crew

The archivist Pete Postlethwaite
Director Franny Armstrong

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: DogwoofAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 20 Mar 2009
Drama Documentary