|What They Really Think about Us|
|Written by Ann McElhinney & Phelim McAleer|
|Wednesday, 03 June 2009 08:30|
It is a pretend documentary because most of it is set in the future and has an actor (Pete Postlewaite) reading a script.It is about a pretend problem because the script is about how stupid we were not to have done something to stop climate change and how by 2050 Postlewaite’s character is the last remaining human on a devastated planet.
All very caring stuff - and we are introduced to Iraqi refugees, People from the Niger Delta and the Alps to witness the supposed climate problems they are facing in the present day. (Although in reality the problems in Iraq and Nigeria had nothing to do with climate and the character in the Alps seemed largely concerned about increasing traffic destroying his peace and quiet).
But the characters were sympathetically drawn and one would believe the filmmakers genuinely cared about people and their lives.
But occasionally the mask slips. The filmmakers now send out regular emails about the films progress and any relevant “climate news.”
So the latest email shows just how much they care about ordinary people losing their jobs and probably their homes during one of the worst recessions in a hundred years.
Under a section entitled Good News the email chirpily informs us:
“Good riddance to US car giant General Motors, who declared bankruptcy this week! Whilst this is sad news for the thousands of workers set to lose their jobs, it is very good news for the climate.”
The Age of Stupid opens in the US in September – presumably not in Detroit or any other city depending on car manufacturing or any other type of heavy industry.
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