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Australia | 2019 | 92 minutes | Damon Gameau

An innovative hybrid documentary set in the future, in which award-winning director Damon Gameau, for his young daughter’s benefit, enthusiastically imagines the year 2040 that could be if we embrace existing solutions to improve our planet and bring them into the mainstream.

"Gameau presents a surprisingly sunny, hopeful, counter-intuitive alternative to the usual doomy warnings of impending apocalypse."—The Hollywood Reporter

A love letter to human ingenuity, this hybrid documentary by award-winning filmmaker Damon Gameau vividly imagines a future for Gameau's daughter Velvet, one where existing solutions to climate change are widely adopted and create a greener, more equitable world. Gameau embarks on a quest across the globe in "an exercise in fact-based dreaming." From solar home systems in Bangladeshi villages to marine permaculture along the U.S. coast, he tracks down innovative tech—like a traveling foodie hunting for good eats—before enthusiastically fast-forwarding to a brighter 2040, where an older, dramatized Velvet benefits from thriving cities and cleaner air. Driverless ride-sharing? A cooler fashioned out of mushrooms? Through delightfully creative animation, dramatizations, and interviews, 2040's vision is as accessible as it is ambitious: In one sequence, Gameau discusses carbon sequestration in a sunflower field and wind power on…well…a wind turbine. 2040 is full of hope, not dread; it is utopic, not dystopic. Gameau's unconventional doc is for an apathetic world, one desensitized to environmental disaster. Instead of dwelling on beached whales or uprooted forests, Gameau invites us, along with the children he interviews, to dream of a better tomorrow. Lighthearted, his approach is refreshing and the world he paints is inspiring. Recommended for ages 6+

Director Biography
Damon Gameau is an Australian actor and director. After award-winning short films—Animal Beatbox (2011) and One (2010)—Gameau co-directed That Sugar Film (2015), his feature debut with Gareth Davies, which won Best Documentary at the Australian AACTA awards and was a hit at the Australian box office.

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  • Director: Damon Gameau
  • Principal Cast: Damon Gameau, Eva Lazarro, Zoe Gameau
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Australia
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 92 minutes
  • Producer: Nick Batzias, Anna Kaplan, Virginia Whitwell, Damon Gameau
  • Screenplay: Damon Gameau
  • Cinematographers: Hugh Miller
  • Editors: Jane Usher
  • Music: Bryony Marks
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: That Sugar Film (Doc., 2015)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Madman Entertainment