Age of Stupid coming to Thailand

Greenpeace to support global premier

Feature story - September 9, 2009
Age of Stupid, the much-awaited docu-drama-animation about climate change is coming to Thailand simultaneously with hundreds of similar screenings all over the world.

Poster of Age of Stupid movie

Greenpeace is supporting the global premiere of the movie as part of the campaign to get a deal that is fair, ambitious and binding at this year's UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen. The premier screening, which coincides with the UN General Assembly in New York, will be shown in hundreds of cinemas in over 40 countries around the world [1], in every continent - including Antarctica -on 21st and 22nd September, hopefully setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest ever simultaneous screening.

"The most powerful piece of cultural discourse on climate change ever produced."

Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

"The goal is to get this film in front of 250 million people, and create 25 million climate activists," said Martin Lloyd, climate communications manager at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam. "That might be an impossible goal, but we'd be stupid not to try."

Greenpeace is organizing the theater premiers in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. In Thailand, Greenpeace has invited leading environmental advocates, policy makers, and celebrities to the 'green carpet' premier screening which will be held in Bangkok's Paragon Cineplex Theater on 22 September 2009, at 7.00 pm.  Tickets for this event are available at 02-357-1921 ext 125.  More information about this screening is available at: www.greenpeace.or.th/ageofstupid.

"I thought the Age of Stupid was an incredibly powerful account of the effects of climate change, the urgency, of climate change and the reasons we must act as quickly as possible."

Ed Miliband, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

"The movie is especially significant to the people of Southeast Asia who are among the most vulnerable and least prepared regions to face the impacts of global warming.  The premier comes a few days before the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change intercessional meeting in Bangkok, Thailand - an event around which hundreds of civil society organizations in the region are rallying to call for urgent action on climate change," said Tara Buakamsri, Campaign Manager of Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

Age of Stupid is directed by Franny Armstrong (McLibel), and produced by Lizzie Gillett and Oscar winner John Battsek (One Day in September). It stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055, watching 'archive' footage from 2008 and asking "Why didn't we stop climate change while we had the chance?" It has been described by media and politicians alike as of vital importance and essential viewing to anyone who cares about the survival of our planet.

The plan for Greenpeace's involvement was hatched in Amsterdam, in the mess of the Rainbow Warrior, after the film's director Franny Armstrong had arranged an advance screening for Dutch MPs.

"When we realized how ambitious they were, we just had to get involved. They've reinvented film funding, distribution and promotion - not because they wanted to promote a film, but because they had to if they were going to change the world," continued Lloyd. [2]

Compelling and constantly surprising…the first successful dramatisation of climate change to reach the big screen

The Guardian, UK

Joining Postlethwaite, Armstrong and Gillett in hosting the premiere are Kofi Annan and actress Gillian Anderson. A-list celebrities, leading climate activists and Heads of State will walk up a 'green carpet' when they arrive by boat, bike, rickshaw or skateboard, at the solar-powered cinema tent in downtown Manhattan. The premier will feature live linkups from glaciers in the Himalayas and Indonesian Rainforest provided by Greenpeace. Music will be provided by Thom Yorke of Radiohead.

There will be an opportunity for everyone to participate in the Age of Stupid event by buying tickets to one of the hundreds of premieres around the world. Further information about where the film will be premiering is available at www.ageofstupid.net, and www.greenpeace.or.th/ageofstupid in Thailand.

Additionally, PSI, a leading supplier of satellite receiving and distribution equipment in Thailand has agreed to use its branded satellite channel to broadcast, as part of the Global Premiere, the 'Age of Stupid'. The PSI broadcast on Tuesday, 22 September 2009, 8.00pm, was facilitated by Chiang Mai production house www.digitalmixes.co.uk.  More information on the satellite channel screening can be accessed at www.psichannel.com.

"The most imaginative and dramatic assault on the institutional complacency shrouding the issue"

The Times, UK

The Age of Stupid screening is part of the Chang(e) Caravan, a project which will be launched this coming Saturday, 12 September by Greenpeace, tcktcktck and Thai wildlife organizations. The Chang(e) Caravan is a 15-day march of elephants and people from Khao Yai National Park to Bangkok, ahead of the UN climate talks which will be held in the city.  The Chang(e) Caravan aims to raise awareness about climate change its impacts and the need to prepare, adapt and mitigate, and to demand immediate climate change action.  To join, or for further information, please log on to http://www.greenpeacesoutheastasia.org

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[1] Greenpeace is supporting the film in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the UK have already premiered the film with Greenpeace's support. [2] Age of Stupid is funded through an innovative 'Crowd Funding' mechanism, whereby individual investors buy shares in the film. Post cinema distribution in the UK is being managed by Indie Screenings, which allows anyone to turn their home, workplace or town hall into a cinema for an evening. The UK People's Premiere was the largest simultaneous screening of a premiere in history, shown on over 60 UK screens. The global premiere aims to reach hundreds of screens.

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