The Age of Stupid

I’d not heard about The Age of Stupid before seeing a story in the Financial Times about it that showed up in my RSS reader this morning.

The Age of Stupid is a 90-minute film about climate change, set in the future, which will have its world premiere in London on March 15th 2009 and then be released in UK cinemas on March 20th 2009, followed by other countries.


Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off) stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking back at “archive” footage from 2007 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

The film was released in the UK yesterday, March 20, with screenings nationwide and soon internationally. There are lots of special events this weekend around the UK tied to the film.

The organizers are embracing elements of social media in their outreach, so if you feel like getting with the program, you can connect on Twitter (and support the ‘Not Stupid’ campaign there) and on Facebook.

There’s also a huge channel on YouTube and on Vimeo.

Worth some attention.

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Niall Harbison

    I say that guy on J Ross the other night and I knew that I had spotted him somewhere before but couldn’t put my finger on it, thanks for putting me out of my misery, in the name of the father! On another note I really hope films like these do start to changes people’s actions but I very much doubt it :(

  2. Liz Bridgen

    This has got me thinking of another film, released around 1998, which follows the same plot … a group of (Australian) surfers are living in a cave in around 2020 after the rest of the population has been wiped out by pollution-driven climate change. They look back at archive (sufing) footage and ponder the studpidity of their fellow men. It’s really an excuse to watch lots of surfing footage accompanied by an environmental message – wonder of the makers of The Age of Stupid were influenced by film? Wish I could remember what it was called though.

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