Australian Actor and filmmaker Damon Gameau entered the world of documentary with his 2014 debut That Sugar Film – a quirky and educated look into society’s mass consumption of sugar. The film’s unique voice and spirit quickly found its audience, becoming the highest ever grossing non-Imax Australian documentary. Gameau’s new film, 2040, tackles the confronting topic of the current climate crisis and explores the hypothetical year of 2040, where current carbon-reducing practices are in abundance, showing a potential Utopian future that could be achieved if we started the change today.
2040’s inception comes from Gameau penning an open letter to his now 4-year-old daughter, telling her how he hopes life could be in 2040 if the world banded together and fought climate change – a poignant emotional through line that carries the film. From this, the documentary explores a number of eco-friendly scientific technologies that exist today, interviewing leading experts on how they could be immediately implemented to combat the climate crisis. These existing technologies include electric self-driving cars in Singapore, a decentralised solar electricity grid in Bangladesh and a marine permaculture system currently in place off the East Coast of the US which sees Seaweed used to counter the acidity of the ocean and simultaneously absorb excess carbon from the atmosphere.
The explorations of these carbon emission fighting technologies and practices are grounded in both a contemporary understanding of 2019’s environmental landscape and in visuals of a hypothetical 2040. By taking this approach, Gameau successfully distils complex ideas and discussions into an emotionally compelling, engaging and inspiring narrative, peppered with some lovably goofy comedic vignettes that see Gameau also living within this hypothetical future – in all the daggy and embarrassing glory an aging father has to offer. In conversations that are typically mired with cynicism, doom and gloom, Gameu emerges as a filmmaker who understands the power of story, and the power of emotion to drive reason without persecution or blame. 2040 offers a refreshing alternative – change on a global scale is possible, but are you willing to be a part of it? We give a resounding, yes!
This blog post was written by Blake Gamble, a duty-manager at Palace Norton Street.
SEE 2040 (G) at PALACE CINEMAS FROM MAY 23 – SPECIAL OFFER: Madman Entertainment and Palace Cinemas have partnered to announce that school-aged students will be able to see the new film 2040 without charge* on opening weekend at Palace Cinema locations around the country.