Lizzie Gillett, the producer of The Age of Stupid - (the movie premiere Lucy attended on 19 August 2009 in Auckland) sent the following note about the movie and the premiere in the US on 21 September 2009. If you wish to support this film, please pass this along to other sites, forums and email lists:

What is this movie about?

'The Age Of Stupid is the documentary-drama-animation hybrid from Director Franny Armstrong (McLibel, Drowned Out) and Oscar-winning Producer John Battsek (One Day In September, Live Forever, In the Shadow of the Moon). Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off, The Usual Suspects) stars as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055. He watches 'archive' footage from 2008 and asks: Why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance? Runaway climate change has ravaged the planet by 2055. Pete plays the founder of The Global Archive, a storage facility located in the (now melted) Arctic, preserving all of humanity's achievements in the hope that the planet might one day be habitable again. Or that intelligent life may arrive and make use of all that weve achieved. He pulls together clips of archive news and documentary from 1950-2008 to build a message showing what went wrong and why. He focuses on six human stories


Global Premiere: America

stupid_eflyer.jpgBrought to you by Fathom Events,  The Age of Stupid will launch in America on September 21st 2009 from a solar-powered cinema tent in New York LIVE to 115,000 people in 400 movie theatres right across the country. This One Night Only live event is your only chance to see The Age of Stupid on the big screen and is timed for the day before the UN's climate meeting on September 22nd, when 80 Heads of State - and therefore the world's media - will gather in New York. (The event has also just been confirmed as being an official part of UN Climate Week.)

As an INclusive, rather than EXclusive event, everyone is invited to go to their local theatre to watch the VIPs arrive in Manhattan by boat, bike, rickshaw, chipfat car or skateboard, before braving the paparazzi on the green carpet. Following the first US screening of The Age of Stupid, there will be a further 40 minute live event featuring Kofi AnnanGillian AndersonMary Robinson, the film's director Franny Armstrong, the star of the film Pete Postlethwaite, and other leading thinkers, celebrities and political figures from around the world.  Audiences will hear from scientists working in the Himalayas and Indonesian rain forest via live satellite link and from a group of children speaking from the very room in Copenhagen in which all our futures will be decided at the UN climate summit in DecemberRadiohead's Thom Yorke will wrap up the evening with a short acoustic performance.

The timings are:  7:30 PM ET/  6:30 PM CT /  5:30 PM MT /  tape delayed 8PM PT. 

For a taste of what to expect, have a look at the UK launch in March 2009, which produced just 1% of the emissions of a standard Hollywood event and which broke the Guinness World Record for biggest simultaneous premiere.

Tickets now on sale - and list of participating theatres - here:

How you can help (even if you're not in US)
We have a grand total of zero dollars for advertising, so please, please help however you can: 
1. Buy tickets to your local cinema for you, your mum, your boyfriend, your boyfriend's hairdresser and all their friends
2. Put together an outing for your school/sports team/church - make an evening of it by arranging a meal before or after the event (after may be better, as you'll all hopefully be inspired to start discussing how you can get involved in climate actions in your area) 
3. Email the attached e-flyer to all your American friends, asking them to pass it on. The paragraph above (under "Global Premiere: America) is a good basic intro you could send your pals if they don't want all this chitchat (but why wouldn't they?!?)
4. Send the info round on any mailing list you are part of
5. Go onto the US listing page ( ), look through the locations and then send the details direct to your friends in whichever town/city they're in. There's an easy widget on each individual theatre's page, which lets you send the details without faffing around with emails. 
6. Go mad on Facebook
7. Go mad on Twitter
8. Rate/review the film (if you've seen it) on the Fandango website (the US ticket sellers). Seeing loads of enthusiastic reviews makes a really big difference to people who are undecided as to whether or not to go
9. Go along to any climate/enviro/activist meetings happening in your area and do a quick one minute talk about the Stupid launch
10.  If you are in the US and able to hand out flyers / put up posters in your nearest theatre, please email for instructions

A massive thank you to all the people who've put in such huge amounts of effort to get us to the starting line here in the US: particularly Amy & Bethany from Fathom,  Martin from Greenpeace, Ben from tcktcktck, Laura from MoveOn, Lenny & Eric from All Mobile Video,  Aaron & Lisa from Usual Suspects and Meghan from Rogers & Cowan. Onwards... 

Global Premiere: All Other Countries
Tickets will be going on sale later this week. Latest exciting additions: Nigeria, Iraq and Sierra Leone. But Antarctica not looking so good, as there is no ship/plane going there before September who could drop a DVD off -  and their broadband is apparently not up to downloading a whole film. Shucks.