The Film

22nd Nov '09 - Updating this page - Sorry about the mess - - 


The Age of Stupid is a 2008 film by Director Franny Armstrong (McLibel, Drowned Out) and first-time producer Lizzie Gillett. It is a co-production between Franny's company Spanner Films and Executive Producer John Battsek's (One Day In September) company Passion Pictures.

Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated future world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance? 

The production was notable for its innovative way crowd-funding financing model, as well as the Indie Screenings distribution system which allows anyone anywhere to screen the film. The full story of the production of the film is told in the 50-minute Making Of documentary which is free to watch online and also available on the double-pack DVD.

The film was released in 2009 and became one of the most talked-about films of the year. It also spawned the hugely-successful 10:10 campaign.


The film's production and distribution was funded by the innovate crowd-funding model, which 

Starting as a documentary...
The original plan was to borrow the structure of Steven Soderbergh's movie Traffic, to follow. The Age of Stupid was shot by Franny Armstrong (camera) and producer Lizzie Gillett (sound) over three years in seven countries over. It follows seven documentary characters, British windfarmer Piers Guy, Indian airline boss Jeh Wadia, Nigerian medical student Layefa Malemi, French mountain guide Fernand Pareau, Iraqi refugee kids Jamila & Adnan and New Orleans Shell paleontologists Alvin Duvernay  America, UK, India, Nigeria, Iraq, Jordan, The Alps

... turning into a drama

Music: Ranging from a specially-composed full orchestral score to a Radiohead track and a heavy metal band from Clapton, you can't say we didn't try our best. Composer: Chris Brierley (McLibel, Drowned Out)
Featuring the music of: Radiohead, Depeche Mode, Boots Are Made For Walking

Animation:  Martyn Pick & Jonathan Hodgson

Edit: The film was edited on Avid Xpress Pro concurrently with the filming over three years by David G Hill (Game Over, McLibel), assisted by Andy Depledge.



12A in UK, M in Australia. 

UK Premiere
The Age of Stupid was launced on 13th March 2009 at the UK Premiere. SOlar powered, Box Office No 1. 

Australia & NZ Premiere

GLobal Premiere


Special Screenings


Indie Screenings






Action Campaigns and Spin-Offs

 Not Stupid




The Stupid Show










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