The world is not enough,
This review is from: The Age of Stupid [DVD] (DVD)This is a first class film in almost every way and a fitting tribute to the late Pete Postlethwaite. However,its impact is somewhat diluted by its rather superficial and totally irrelevant championing of wind power and that industry's contribution to reducing Co2 emmissions.
The more cynical will have noticed that Piers and his nice middle class family,having FLOWN back from the Alps to their nice smallholding in Cornwall wants to build a 15 turbine wind farm in the flatlands of Bedfordshire. Approximately 200 miles away from Piers. Of course Piers stands to make millions by selling his expensive electricity to the energy companies who are forced by government policy to buy at least 15% of its electricity from so called renewable sources. It's a licence to print money and little wonder that global energy corporations are gathering like swine around a feeding trough to take advantage of the UK's governments largesse!
Thankfully,the people who actually live in Bedfordshire see Piers little business venture kicked into the long grass by the planning committee who can see the project for what it is.
The film absolutely correctly pin points the real problems which face us chiefly an out of control population explosion,rampant materialism and industrialisation and a huge growth in air and car travel. Expecting wind farms to save us from global warming is like trying to reduce the water level of Lake Windermere with a tea spoon ! While businessman like Piers try to convince the gullible that his enterprises are actually based on altruistic motives and have nothing to do with making hefty profits. Profits incidentally made on the back of millions of the UK's poorest members of society who will be pushed into fuel poverty. The real problem...too many people consuming too much..will continue.
It would have been a great film without the energy corporations propaganda.
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Initial post: 24 Jan 2011 18:09:44 GMT
Spanner Films says:
Great to see you taking the time to review our film.
Just a couple of clarifications:
- Piers's family don't fly, they take the train. The scene of them travelling home by train is actually in the film, you must have missed that bit
- Piers is an employee of the company trying to install windfarms. He gets a salary and certainly wouldn't personally make "millions" if the windfarm was approved
- The film is not "energy corporations (sic) propaganda" - we are an independent film company (www.spannerfilms.net) and we make whatever films we want to, with no influence from corporations (or broadcasters for that matter)
Hope this clears things up for you. Thanks again for reviewing our film.
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Arthur Dooley says:
Thanks for clarifying Pier's role in the film and his position in the wind industry. I still think that the pro wind power propaganda was unfortunate. It's a bit of an irrelevant red herring, that in the great scheme of things, will do little to save us from the effects of an out of control population consuming too much of the world's resources.
We should be protecting the natural environment not destroying it with land hungry power plants and the huge infrastructure that supports it.
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