The Age of Stupid

  • Directors: Franny Armstrong
  • Producers: Lizzie Gillett
  • Writers: Franny Armstrong
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Actors: Pete Postlethwaite, Jehangir Wadia, Layefa Malin, Al Duvernay, Fernand Pareau, Jamila and Adnan Bayyoud, Piers Guy, Mark Lynas, David King, George Monbiot

The story begins in the year 2055. A man known as the archivist of all art and acquired knowledge in the world, portrayed by Pete Postlethwaite, reviews archive footage from back “when we could have saved ourselves”. The footage he reviews consists of news reports showing the effects of a changing climate and is intertwined with six individual stories:

Al Duvernay is shown to having stayed behind and helped in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. He also reflects on his job in the oil industry and how valuable resources are being wasted.

Indian business man Jeh Wadia talks about the start-up of his low cost airline GoAir and his desire for all people not just the rich to be able to afford to travel by air.

An Iraqi family, that has fled to Jordan because of the Iraq War, tell the story of their fathers death. The focus is on two children of the family, Jamila and Adnan.

An English family take a tour of the Mont Blanc glacier in France and their guide is eighty two year-old Fernand Pareau a local who has seen the glacier recede massively in his lifetime. The guide is also shown taking action against expanding road infrastructure in his area.

A fast forward from 2008 to 2054 shows the effects of ignoring the signs of climate change. In the end the message of the archivist is beamed into space.