Film Festival opens with “sunny vision” of climate change

2040, Gold Coast Film Festival 2019 opening night

There’s barely any gloom in the opening night film at this year’s Gold Coast Film Festival, and that’s despite its focus on climate change. OK, maybe there’s a few reality checks – like figures on the amount of money fossil fuel companies spend on marketing and how much money WE spend subsidising their businesses, but apart from that, the film is surprisingly upbeat.

‘That Sugar Film’ award-winning Director Damon Gameau returns to our screens with ‘2040’ – a film that the Hollywood Reporter said gave “a surprisingly sunny vision of climate change.” And Gold Coast Film Festival has scored the film’s Australian premiere, with filmmakers and the director joining guests on the red carpet to open the city’s signature film event.

Delivering his personal spin on Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, ‘2040’ sees Gameau explore what the future would look like in 2040 if we just embraced the best technology already available to us.

He travels the globe investigating an incredible range of technology already in use. Impressive CGI also allows Gameau to take us into the future to deliver a bold and optimistic vision for the best possible world by 2040.

The film had rave reviews after its world premiere in Berlinale.

“The aim was to shift things away from the mainstream narrative,” Gameau said in an earlier interview, “which often overwhelms and paralyses us from taking action.”

“I didn’t just want a white man’s point of view.”

What started out as a film about reversing global warming and lowering emissions quickly became a story about strengthening communities, improving the quality of food and soil, embracing cheaper and cleaner energy and transport, plus restoring habitats and ecosystems.

2040 is an energising and inspirational look at how we can overcome many of our modern-day problems, and the film is never weighed down by negativity, instead embracing positive solutions in a fantastically entertaining form.

After the film screens on opening night, the filmmakers and director Damon Dameau will be in conversation for audiences to hear more about the films creation and its key messages.

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2040 screens on opening night of the Gold Coast Film Festival, Wednesday 3 April and then again on Sunday 7 April at BCC Coolangatta and Saturday 13 April at Event Cinemas Coomera. Gold Coast Film Festival runs 3 – 14 April.

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