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Wadia scion turns actor, for a cause

Starring Bombay Dyeing head honcho Nusli Wadia’s younger son Jeh Wadia and Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite, the new documentary on climate change, The Age of Stupid draws, is being touted as the best documentary on climate change since An Inconvenient Truth, reports Gigil Varghese.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2008 00:16 IST
Gigil Varghese

How would the world be four decades later? It could could an earth in danger, dying out due to global warming and climate change caused by man's failure to replenish the planet's resources.

This is the scary future documentary The Age of Stupid draws, a private screening of which was held on the sidelines of the Untied Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland on Monday.

Starring Bombay Dyeing head honcho Nusli Wadia’s younger son Jeh Wadia and Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite of the In the Name of the Father fame, The Age… is being touted as the best documentary on climate change since An Inconvenient Truth won an Academy Award and became the US’s fourth-highest-grossing documentary film in 2006.

The fruit of a four-year toil by filmmaker Franny Armstrong — remember McLibel, the story of two ordinary people who humiliated McDonald’s in the biggest corporate PR disaster in history! — The Age… takes us through the lives of six people living on a planet in peril.

The film features Postlethwaite, a man living alone in a devastated world in 2055, looking at film archives of 2008, and wondering: “Why didn’t we stop climate change when we had a chance?”

“The film was produced independently by raising finances through shares from 228 people. We call it ‘proud funding’. These 228 persons contributed between £500 to £3,500,” said Armstrong, the 37-year-old Londoner.

Apart from one of its chief characters, The Age… has more elements from home, including the Wadias’ budget airline GoAir and an aerial view of the Mumbai airport. Even Jeh’s mother Maureen and wife Celina have guest appearances in the film.

The film will be official released in theatres in the United Kingdom in February; its worldwide launch will be sometime in March.