21 June 2020
18:00 - 21:30
Extinction Rebellion Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Film screening of The Age of Stupid and Q&A with director & producer on the power of film to catalyse direct climate & social justice action
XR Islington and XR Sheffield present a special screening of climate change hybrid documentary ‘The Age of Stupid’ followed by a Q&A with the team behind this groundbreaking production.
Join us on Sunday June 21st @ 18:00 as we take a journey through the powerful post-apocalyptic film, including a couple of others that the duo have made – its short sequel ‘What If…’ and the pilot for their new upcoming production ’10 Years To Net Zero’, featuring political satirist and comedian Jonathan Pie.
‘The Age of Stupid’ is a stark eye-opener and an urgent call to action, to save humanity from its darkest hour. Starring the late Pete Postlethwaite as the last remaining survivor on Earth, he looks back to 2009 for an explanation of why we destroyed our home when we still had the time to act on. Today in 2020, his message rings more true than ever as we witness the devastating impacts of Climate Breakdown on our natural environment and the people depending on it, whilst scientists are urging us that we are running out of time.
To round it all off we will have a Q&A at 20:30 where director Franny Armstrong and producer Lizzie Gillett from Spanner Films https://www.spannerfilms.net/ will talk to us about their films, the impact they have had after their release and will inspire us on how to use films as a powerful tool for direct action on the climate and social crises. We will also be joined on the panel by Film Strike For Climate https://www.facebook.com/FilmStrikeforClimate/
The program for the evening is as follows:
-18:00 – 18:15 – Welcoming you to the screening
-18:15 – 20:15 – Watching all films
1. ‘The Age of Stupid’ (1hr30min) – A link will be provided after you register
2. ‘What If…’ (9min)- the short sequel of ‘Age Of Stupid’: https://tinyurl.com/y8tsn9zd
3. ‘Pie Net Zero’ (14:30min)- the pilot film for their new production’ 10 Years to Net Zero’: https://tinyurl.com/ydathavz
-20:15 – 20:30 – Comfort Break
-20:30 – 21:00 – Q&A
-21:00 – 21:30 – Open ground for audience discussion and further questions
We have also launched a fundraiser for the wonderful United Families and Friends Campaign https://uffcampaign.org/ – a coalition of those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody which aims to support others in similar situations. There is an option to donate if you get your tickets through Eventbrite, rather than through Facebook. Alternatively, you can donate directly at: https://uffcampaign.org/donations/mikey-powell-memorial-fund/
We believe this is a great opportunity to bring Extinction Rebellion activists and the broader community together, stir imaginations and empower us to build a true movement of movements in the fight against time to mitigate the Climate and Ecological Emergency. Everything that we have ever achieved has been imagined by someone first.
Let’s imagine and build a fairer, greener and healthier future, together! Before it’s too late.
Love & Vision,
XR Islington & XR Sheffield
These weekly, evening events have the purpose of creating a digital forum in which we can collectively watch, suggest and discuss films that address urgent issues, promote new approaches and motivate positive action.
Here’s a few links with free films and facts for you to explore!
-Top 100 documentaries for impact – from Films For Action: https://tinyurl.com/y9ft9q62
-Environmental Film Festival goes ONLINE: https://dceff.org/2020online/
-Film History: During the Second World War, the film industry provided comfort and entertainment to the people and kept their collective spirits up. Learn more about this here: https://tinyurl.com/y7tah76k