2040 (image 1)

When you go beyond the dominant media discourse, and get closer to the ground, you will see, everywhere you look, incredible reasons for hope.

Helena Norberg-Hodge, The Economics of Happiness

2040 2019

Directed by Damon Gameau Framing Reality

In this inspiring vision of the future, That Sugar Film director Damon Gameau travels the world in search of technologies and practices that will reduce our dependence on carbon, pull people out of poverty and help create a better 2040.

Jul 22

The Civic Theatre

Jul 27

The Civic Theatre

92 minutes CinemaScope/DCP
E

Director/Screenplay

Producers

Nick Batzias
,
Anna Kaplan
,
Virginia Whitwell
,
Damon Gameau

Photography

Hugh Miller

Editor

Jane Usher

Production designers

Luke Bubb
,
Carrie Kennedy

Costume designer

Chloe Greaves

Music

Bryony Marks

With

Damon Gameau
,
Eva Lazzaro
,
Zoë Gameau

Festivals

Berlin 2019

PODCAST

What’s your 2040? Global warming, sea level rise, civil unrest, marine degradation – or a world that’s healthier and fairer than the one we live in today? As reprieve from the usual doom and gloom stories about the future of our planet, Australian filmmaker Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) jumps on a plane (offset with certified carbon credits) to travel the world in search of a better 2040. His daughter Velvet, whom we meet in the opening scene – they’re planting a tree – will be 27 in 2040 and Gameau’s narration – “So, Velvet …” – is addressed to her.

In this exercise in ‘fact-based dreaming’ Gameau explores only technologies and practices that currently exist and examines what the future would look like if we embrace these solutions today. His journey takes us from regenerative farming practices in rural Australia to a Bangladeshi village powered by distributed solar home systems; from marine permaculture experiments in Woods Hole, United States, to an on-demand autonomous electric vehicle in New York City. Guided by expert commentary from the likes of Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics, and Paul Hawken, founder of Project Drawdown, he zooms forward to 2040 to see how these technologies and practices could improve energy, transport, food production and more to create a better 2040 for Velvet and her friends.  

Along with some cheesy humour, mostly at Gameau’s expense, the film delivers surprises, revelations, and an inspiring vision of the future. As Gameau says, “we have everything we need right now to make it happen.” So let’s get started. — Rebecca Priestley