Top environmental film The Age of Stupid came to Whitchurch last night, when an attentive audience viewed the screening in the Testbourne Theatre as part of the first Whitchurch GreenAware Week.
This was not a film to entertain. There were not many smiles at the closing credits as this powerful and emotional film left the audience reflecting on the direction our society has taken and the future for our children. Rivetting, and thoughtful stuff here.
Set in 2055 – yes that close; just 45 years away – Peter Postlethwaite, the world’s archivist left in an eco-devasted world looks back to 2008 and in a narrative interspersed with real-life film extracts, asks the question: “Why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?”
This semi-documentary laces together reports, news clips and six main threads from a very forceful Indian cheap airline entrepreneur to the wind-turbine NIMBY residents of Bedfordshire.
This hard-hitting and thought-provoking film should be viewed by everyone – just don’t expect blockbuster computer-generated imagery, but anticipate being left feeling a deep concern for the future.
It reminded me of the proverb:
Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children.
Then I thought of my own children.
Whitchurch GreenAware Week has been supported by SEEDA