Tomorrow night marks the one-night-only international screening of “The Age of Stupid”, a science fiction “docudrama” directed by Franny Armstrong and starring Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite.
The film takes place in 2055, after the rise in Earth’s temperature has wrought havoc on humanity and the planet. Postlethwaite plays a historian who lives alone taking care of archeological artifacts. He spends his free time looking back at “archival” footage from 2008 of people living in climate hotspots. As for the title, according to the film we’re the “Age of Stupid” because we did nothing to stop climate change when we had the chance. The film has a wry take on our current climate hang-ups: one clip features British landowners protesting a wind farm because it ruins their scenic view. The film aired in the UK on March 20th of this year, and walks that thin line between “preachy” and “prophetic” all the while trumping “An Inconvenient Truth”.
The film will have a Hollywood-style premiere broadcast live from New York City, with Gillian Anderson, Moby, and Heather Graham set to appear. MTV’s Gideon Yago will interview Nobel Peace Prize recipient Kofi Annan, environmental scientist James Hansen, and director Franny Armstrong. Thom Yorke of Radiohead has thrown in his endorsement, and will perform live after the movie. ”The Age of Stupid” is hoping to break the Guiness World Record for largest simultaneous film screening.