That’s the trailer for a new movie called The Age of Stupid, which opens Monday. It stars Pete Postlethwaite, a wonderful British actor who will look familiar if you saw either The Usual Suspects or In the Name of the Father, two fabulous movies. He plays an archivist living in 2055 who looks back at the 2000s and wonders why we didn’t save the world from climate disaster when we had a chance. I haven’t seen the movie but here’s an excerpt from a review in the L.A. Times.
Think “An Inconvenient Truth” but with a personality, numerous ones actually, as Armstrong hops the globe interviewing an intriguing cross section of folks — a Hurricane Katrina victim, a British wind farm developer, an aspiring Nigerian doctor, an elderly French mountain guide, a wealthy Indian entrepreneur and an 8-year-old Iraq war refugee — whose lives have all been affected by some aspect of the global warming phenomenon. Their stories vividly highlight the various tentacles of the climate change problem and, in some cases, its potential solutions.
I had a chance to talk with the director Franny Armstrong about the movie. There’s digital video of our interview, below. It’s not 60 Minutes quality–the q-and-a begins 10 seconds after the video starts rolling, and although our conversation lasted four minutes, the tape rolls on for another two–but it will give you a sense of why she made the movie, how she financed it, and what she’s doing to get people out to their local movie theaters on Monday. You can find out where the film is playing, near you, at the Age of Stupid website. I hope the movie reaches a big audience.