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2040 (Damon Gameau, 2019) wr. Damon Gameau; Damon Gameau, Zoë Gameau, Eva Lazzaro
Practical solutions to environmental concerns are addressed with the hope that the filmmaker's daughter, 21 years old in the year 2040, will face a hopeful future.
Luke Buckmaster writes in his review of 2040, that 'Damon Gameau’s upbeat documentary predicts our best selves saving the planet but would have been better as a TV series'.
I agree with Luke Buckmaster, and go further. This is not a feature film. It's not even a documentary. It's a video lecture. And as such, is about three times as long as it should be. Most of it could be dealt with in the extent of speaking to one or two Powerpoint slides. Having experienced too many lectures in my life, I switched off after five minutes. In fact, I went to sleep, so am not really qualified to evaluate this film. It's just about the most important topic there is, but the film will have been seen only by those already onside.
2040 is an innovative feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important now. Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on journey to explore what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his four-year-old daughter, Gameau blends traditional documentary footage with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board for his daughter and the planet.
Garry Gillard | New: 6 June, 2019 | Now: 29 September, 2019