‘2040’, Eco-Friendly movie directed by Damon Gameau (In cinemas May 23)
In cinemas May 23 in Australia.
From Damon Gameau, the director of That Sugar Film, comes #2040film. An Eco-Friendly movie/documentary for the small and big children of this world.
2040 is an innovative feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important NOW. Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on journey to explore what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary footage with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board for his daughter and the planet.An aspirational journey to discover what the future could look like if we simply embraced the best that exists today. This is the narrative the next generation needs to see, to aspire to, and to believe is possible. This documentary will get people thinking about the impact humans have on the planet and provides immediate solutions.
Many films, seminal films, have told us about the dire situation we currently and ourselves in.
Spanning ecological disaster to cultural collapse, these films have raised awareness and created a groundswell of people desperate for change. But with more and more images of destruction and suffering filling our news feeds, this is the narrative we are showing our children and, sadly, these images overwhelm and paralyse us from taking action. I believe there is room for a new story, a story that focuses on the solutions.
‘2040’ is a letter to my 4-year-old daughter showing her an alternative future to the doom and gloom version we are currently presented with. But there is a catch. This is not an exercise in bad parenting – everything I show her in 2040 must already exist today in some form. It cannot be made up. This film is not an utopian fantasy; it is an exercise in what I call ‘fact’ based dreaming.’
It was important to ensure that what I present isn’t just my version of the future, so almost 100 Children around the world between the ages of 6 and 11 were consulted on camera and asked what they would like to see in 2040. The authenticity of their answers is as inspiring as it is concerning.
In addition, we consulted experts around the world across areas as diverse as farming, aquaculture, civic design, transport, education and more. What started out as a film about reversing global warming and lowering emissions quickly became a story about strengthening communities, improving the quality of food and soil, embracing cheaper and cleaner energy and transport, plus restoring habitats and ecosystems. By doing these things, we will naturally heal the environment around us.
The scientific revolution gave us many wonderful things, but it also taught us that our role is to conquer nature, to control and dominate it for our means. Filming 2040 has taught me that if we are to survive we must reclaim the metaphors of our distant ancestors who saw themselves as ‘reverent guests’ or ‘custodians of the land’. The children’s voices in the film remind us that we are born with an innate care for our surroundings and that our current culture slowly erodes it. I hope this film can contribute to the telling of a new but old story, reframing the narrative about our possible future.
A story of how we reverse global warming and improved the lives of every living thing in the process.
Q&A with Damon Gameau and special guest experts
14 May, 6:30pm
15 May, 8:00pm
14 May, 8:00pm & 15 May, 6:30pm
Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
16 May, 8:15pm
16 May, 6:30pm
In cinemas May 23 in Australia
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