director Frannie Armstrong filming in India.
director Frannie Armstrong filming in India.

Don't miss this film, stupid

Five days after the film The Age of Stupid opens around the world in over 700 cinemas in more than 40 countries, it comes to Lismore at the Star Court Theatre.

The film is a part drama, part documentary and part animation and stars Pete Postlethwaite as an old man living in 2055 looking back at archive footage from 2008 and asking why we didn't do more to stop climate change when we had the chance.

The film has been described by the LA Times as “like An Inconvenient Truth, but with personality”. The Sydney Morning Herald said it “aims to scare and galvanise - and it's pretty good at both”.

The film is being screened by the Lismore Community Sustainability Forum and local environmental activist and organiser Gordon Fraser-Quick said he came across the film through a friend who is also friends with the director Frannie Armstrong and producer Lizzie Gillette.

“We have been given permission to show it in Lismore five days after the global release and the object is to provide something for the Lismore community to see that will hopefully inspire people and get them involved rather than sitting around and talking,” Gordon said. “It's a fairly powerful message and there will be a facilitated discussion at the end that aims to list activities that people will commit to doing when they leave the theatre.

“Yes it's entertainment and yes it's educational, but it also has to be inspirational and lead to practical activities.”

The global premier will be the largest simultaneous film event ever in the world and will be run from a solar powered cinema in New York and beamed via satellite (and the web) to the rest of the world. The former head of the United Nations Kofi Anan will also address the global audience as part of the global release.

The Star Court Screening will be on Saturday, September 26, from 7pm.


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