I have been following with interest, the self distribution of what looks to be an amazing film. It looks like it is not too far now from arriving in New Zealand.
Here is a review of it.
‘The Age of Stupid’ featuring Hollywood star Pete Postlethwaite.The movie set a new world record for the largest simultaneous première when it was shown in 65 different locations across Britain in March.
Environmental campaigner Mr Hampton was one of a number of sponsors for the flick which delivers a stark warning about the planet’s future.
He believes the message of the film is crucial and will enlighten people as to how close the planet is to a climate catastrophe.
A eco-conference for world leaders will be held later this year in Copenhagen.
Mr Hampton said: “If leaders don’t come away from Copenhagen with a strict agreement then we have pretty much signed a death warrant for our kids.
“The current consensus is that governments our way behind something which will lead to our survival.”
Prince Charles recently told business leaders in a keynote speech in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that there is “less than 100 months” to save the planet.
The heir to the throne warned that if nations fail to tackle deforestation and other problems over the next eight years then irreversible harm will be done to the environment.
Mr Hampton said: “If we don’t achieve substantial carbon reduction in thattime it will set up a chain reaction.”
Age of Stupid Animation
Here’s a note from the director. Franny Armstrong
Remember the UK People’s Premiere
, which took us four months to set up and had more than 1000 people working on it?
Well, now we’re doing the same thing for
the Global Premiere on Sep 21/22,
but in all these countries at the same time, oh lordy: America, Antarctica, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece (unlikely), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania (TBC), Serbia (TBC), Slovakia (TBC), Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Costa Rica (TBC), ElSalvador (TBC), Guatamala (TBC), Mexico, Panama (TBC), Argentina, Brazil, Chile (TBC), Columbia (TBC), Ecuador (TBC), Peru (TBC), Venezuela (TBC), China (TBC), Hong Kong (TBC), India (probably), Indonesia (TBC), Japan (probably not cos of conflicting distribution deal), Russia, S Korea (TBC), Turkey (TBC), Israel and South Africa.
And all the countries which don’t have satellite cinemas – all the poor ones, basically – will be able to watch the film + live event for free on the internet just for that one day.
All of which means that, if we pull it off, it will be the biggest simultaneous (ish) film event in movie history, beating some little flick called Star Wars.
This is extremely frightening.
But not as frightening as the latest predictions for the humanitarian catastrophe we’re going to trigger if we continue to not get our collective act together…. so may as well give it a go, what’s the worst that can happen? Complete flop, total embarrassment and lose a tonne of cash? Ah well.
Nevette our indefatigable New York event coordinator has managed to book a corner of Central Park for our solar cinema tent, though we haven’t quite raised the cash to pay for it yet – I’m sure you’re all looking forward to the fundraising request you can feel is coming your way….
There’s been a lot of laughing going on here at Stupid Towers as we write emails starting “Dear Brad”, “Dear Barack”, “Dear Oprah” and “Dear Kofi”. We kid you not. Best not to think too hard about any of it, or you realise how ludicrous the whole thing is.
Australia & New Zealand
are not on the Global Premiere list, not because we’re ignoring them, but because they are having their very own special premiere in Cate Blanchett’s eco theatre
in Sydney on the 18th or 19th of Australia, depending on which day works best for the Australian eco-celebs. The good news is that Pete Postlethwaite is almost definitely able to make it, and as he is a big cheese in – and I’ve also sat on a few primetime Aussie chatshow sofas, thanks to McLibel being a big hit out there – we should be able to make a huge impact. Hence the decision to burn the fuel to fly there. (Please send any “you’re destroying all your own hard work” emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
). The Sydney premiere will be linked to our zero-waste tent in Auckland, New Zealand, which is being jointly organised by Oxfam and Greenpeace.
Australia’s biggest cinema chain, Hoyts, have just signed up and are now busy attempting to get 70 cinemas across Australia and 10 across New Zealand to take the show.