The Age of Stupid – climate change film

“The Age of Stupid”, an exciting new climate change film is coming to Scotland, along with a special series of Not Stupid events.

“It is probably the most powerful piece of cultural discourse on climate change that’s ever been produced.” Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

The film’s release presents a uniquely accessible opportunity. It’s a chance to motivate friends, family, colleagues and members of our organisations to consider the future and take action in Scotland to fight climate change.

Visit www.takeoneaction.org.uk for full details of screenings and events.

SYNOPSIS OF THE FILM
The Age of Stupid | Dir. Franny Armstrong | UK 2009 | Length 90 minutes | Certificate 12A

Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father) stars as a man living alone in the devasted world of 2055 as he looks back asks: why didn’t we stop climate change when we could? Directed by Franny Armstrong (McLibel, Drowned Out) this compelling drama-doc explores the social causes and consequences of humans delaying serious action to tackle climate change through a heady mix of human tragedy, corporate greed, bitingly satirical animation and political activism.

The film’s subjects range from emerging Indian airlines and anti-wind farm NIMBY-ism (“not in my back yard”), to Hurricane Katrina and the visible signs of biospheric collapse in the Alps. It presents an apocalyptic vision with pathos and humour, but ultimately urges a rapid escalation in our response to the chaos already coming into being around the world.

SCOTTISH CINEMAS SCREENING THE AGE OF STUPID
Tickets for most screenings are on sale now.

People’s Premiere – Sunday 15th March
Edinburgh Vue (Ocean Terminal), Glasgow Film Theatre, Aberdeen Belmont, Inverness Vue, Livingstone Vue, Braehead Odeon.
On Sunday 15th March (5.30pm), 6 Scottish towns and cities will link up via satellite to the UK premiere of The Age of Stupid. Live from the solar-powered cinema tent in London’s Leicester Square, rickshaws will replace limousines and the carpet is GREEN. After the film, Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, activist and author George Monbiot, and other luminaries of the environmental scene join a Q&A to ask what we can ALL do before it’s too late.

Week one release – from Friday 20th March
Edinburgh Filmhouse, Glasgow Film Theatre, Inverness Eden Court Cinema – with a host of in-cinema events and discussions (see below). Want to make things happen in Inverness? Please email info@takeoneaction.org.uk

Later screenings
Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre (31st March – 2nd April)
Stirling MacRobert Centre (29th and 30th April)

IN-CINEMA EVENTS AND COMPETITION TO WIN TICKETS

Scotland’s Take One Action festival – the UK’s first major festival connecting cinema and social action – is organising a wide range of in-cinema events to coincide with the release of “The Age of Stupid” (in association with Stop Climate Chaos Scotland).
These include The Not Stupid Awards and an MSP Question Time with lead MSPs from the Scottish Parliament’s climate change committee, as well as discussions with leading experts and campaigners on issues ranging from transport and energy to the role of teachers and the media in tackling climate change.
Details of ALL screenings and events taking place in Scotland can now be viewed online at www.takeoneaction.org.uk. Please link to the site. You can also book tickets there.
The Take One Action website also offers people the chance to WIN one of 20 pairs of tickets to see the film in Scotland. Send friends here to enter the draw.

WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO TO HELP THE FILM MAKE AN IMPACT

We want to get tens of thousands of people going to see the film in Scottish cities. We need YOU…

  • to help build the buzz. Please link to www.takeoneaction.org.uk from your own website and forward this email to friends.
  • to get people buying tickets. Promote the competition, take advantage of group deals at cinemas, take 10 friends, or contact us to take charge of driving even bigger audiences into one particular screening.
  • to connect with audiences to help them take action. See below for ideas.

TAKE ONE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
“The Age of Stupid” paints a powerful picture of what could go wrong if we don’t act now. In Scotland, both before and after the film, we need to explain to audiences what they can do to make a difference.
If you want to connect even more ambitiously with audiences before or after the film, why not do one of the following:

  • Take a group to one of the screenings and arrange to chat together afterwards in the cinema bar, with campaign action info at the ready – either your own or actions which are readily available from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition members or here.
  • Organise a daytime or evening workshop or Scottish climate bill training session and flyer people on their way in to the cinema to promote it.
  • Volunteer to man a Not Stupid/Stop Climate Chaos stall in your local cinema. Email info@takeoneaction.org.uk with any dates/cinemas that you could do.

Finally, we’re particularly keen to hear from climate change campaigners in the following towns and cities who might be interested in organising 5 minute in-cinema introductions before the film to highlight local and national campaign opportunities, making campaign action information available…. Inverness, Livingston, Aberdeen, Stirling, Dundee, Braehead.

Thank you! We’re looking forward to seeing you in a cinema soon.

Take One: Action! is the UK’s first major film festival all about people and movies that are changing the world. The festival celebrates Scotland’s global connections – from South Africa to Nicaragua – and explores global challenges in which Scotland has a vital role to play – from climate change to the rules about how poor nations trade. Subscribe to receive updates about films and events in cinemas near you.

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