Berlinale Bloggers 2019
‘2040’: A call for change
As he did with 2014’s ‘That Sugar Film’, Australian actor-turned-filmmaker Damon Gameau proves a convincing cine-activist in ‘2040’
By Sarah Ward
Making an impassioned argument in his second documentary, he once again writes, directs and places himself in front of the lens and frames his feature from a personal perspective — all while exploring the repercussions of his important topic on both intimate and universal levels.
SOLUTIONS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTUREGameau’s subject: climate change. This time, it’s not just his health that’s at stake, but the entire planet that we all call home. Contemplating the world that’ll be inherited by his daughter Velvet in 21 years time — and structuring the movie as a letter to the now four-year-old — Gameau explores solutions for a brighter future.
Tackling humanity’s biggest threat, Gameau ponders what an ideal version of the year 2040 might look like. The one crucial caveat: everything that he proposes must employ technology that’s available today. This isn’t science fiction or wishful thinking, but logical extrapolation. If community-level solar micro-grids become the norm, the need to burn carbon-emitting fossil fuels diminishes. Similarly, if driverless ride-sharing vehicles become entrenched as a communal form of transport, cars, the oil they require, and the roads and parking lots they demand will all subside. Journeying around the globe, Gameau meets with experts leading the way, whether creating new agricultural methods that are kinder on both soil and livestock, or trialling mass seaweed plantations for multiple eco-friendly uses.