Cinema Shows Week 13: The Age of Stupid, 30th March 2009, Phoenix, Leicester

I was rather hoping that The Age of Stupid (‘drama-documentary-animation’) would be a more moving and emotional experience, but it left me a bit flat. I had read that it would be possible to organize your own screening of the film, and imagined I might do that, but this seemed less exciting a prospect after seeing it. However, whatever the ‘let downs’ of the film, the idea of being able to have DIY screenings is , I think, the most interesting part of the project.

The screening was supported by local environmental activist groups and a short introduction given. I guess the film is preaching to the converted. We are all concerned about the impending global catastrophe that the film dramatizes, but I suppose that many people like myself are fellow travellers who are not prepared to get involved in campaigns. Having picked up an ‘action pack’ containing such things as stickers and certificates for climate heroes and villains, it is likely to remain an ‘inaction pack’ collectible (at least until the tides rise).

I quite liked the drama bits framing  the documentary video with glum Pete Postlethwaite staring out of the screen through his computer interface as the ‘man living alone in the devasted world of 2055’ ( we have to imagine the worst), and I really liked all the animation inserts. But I found the documentary parts the least engaging. Yes, you get a global perspective, but the links seemed tenuous, and the content underwhelming. I was expecting to be much more shocked or appalled, but I was surprised by how understated it all seemed.

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However, please do not let this stop you organizing your own screening of the film, and other independent films that will be offered in the near future. The filmmakers have set up an ‘Indie Screenings’ facility where licences to show the film can be purchased so that you can become a film exhibitor. If not the ‘future of film distribution’, it is certainly a development that we should support (ooh, er, that sounds a bit active for me). Time to contact the village hall committee…

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One Response to “Cinema Shows Week 13: The Age of Stupid, 30th March 2009, Phoenix, Leicester”

  1. Catherine Says:

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    Having picked up an ‘action pack’ containing such things as stickers and certificates for climate heroes and villains, it is likely to remain an ‘inaction pack’ collectible (at least until the tides rise).

    Sublime……. !

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