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New enviro-doco 2040 gives optimistic peek into the future

Director Damon Gameau will lead a special post-screening Q and A at Event Cinemas Kotara this Sunday

For those of you playing along at home, you may remember about a month ago I reviewed Sir David Attenborough’s new Netflix documentary series, Our Planet. The series explores the ways in which our natural world co-exists, each relying on the other for survival.

Along with some alarming stats on just how quickly we are managing to decimate our planet, my biggest take away from the series was that what we as humans do over the next 20 years will determine the future of all life on earth.

20 years.

20 years to get our shit together. To try and halt the damage before we reach the point of no return.

Enter 2040, the new documentary feature from Damon Gameau, the guy behind That Sugar Film a few years ago.

Motivated by his four-year-old daughter and concern for the planet she will inherit, Gameau embarked on a global journey, engaging with some of the best minds from around the world, to find out what we can do NOW to save our planet.

Not tomorrow. Not in 10 years’ time. But right now.

Gameau says: “with more and more images of destruction and suffering filling our news feeds, this is the narrative we are showing our children and, sadly, these images overwhelm and paralyse us from taking action. I believe there is room for a new story, a story that focuses on solutions.”

Describing the making of the documentary as an exercise is ‘fact-based dreaming’, he explores options, alternatives and solutions that already exist. Nothing is made up or future tech. Everything can be started today, and has in some places, already begun.

As a parent, it was important that his film wasn’t just his version of the future, so he spoke with 100 children from around the world. The kids, all aged between 6 and 11 years, provided concerning but also inspiring answers to what they hoped 2040 would be like.

Event Cinemas Kotara is holding a Q&A screening this Sunday, May 12 at 6.30pm. What a perfect Mother’s Day gift… Mum gets a night out at the movies and she, in return, can gift her children hope for their future.

The Q&A panel will consist of director Damon Gameau and David Ritter from Greenpeace, so come armed with all your questions about not just the film but how you can #JoinTheRegeneration.

Gameau will also be signing copies of his new book 2040, available in all good book stores (and I saw it in Big W) now.

If you can’t make it Sunday, the film opens nationally on May 23. Check out the 2040 website and activate your plan now!


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