Dialog Box

Community | Education | Environment | Health & Wellbeing

Short Synopsis:

2040 is an innovative feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important NOW. Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.

Long Synopsis: 

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller.

Drawing on the best minds from around the world to focus on climate, economics, technology, civil society, agriculture and sustainability, 2040 maps out a pathway for change that can lead us to a more ecologically sustainable and equitable future. Motivated by his 4-year-old daughter and concern for the planet she will inherit, Damon Gameau embarks on a global journey to meet the innovators and change makers pioneering the best solutions already available to us today to improve the health of our planet and societies. Inspired by these discoveries and guided by the many children he consults with along the way, Damon interweaves dramatic sequences and high-end visual effects to conjure a positive portrait of what ‘could be’ instead of the current dystopian future we are so often presented. Aimed at a broad audience that includes children and their parents, serious information is delivered with irreverence and humour. Experts are shrunk into scenes to emphasise a point, animation makes the invisible visible and visual effects show how scaling these solutions by 2040 will positively impact our lives and our planet. This rich visual approach combined with the structure of an intimate letter to a daughter from her father allows for lightness and cheekiness, ensuring the film is both entertaining and educational, with the end goal being to inspire action and changeMany academics believe that people become inactive or paralysed on this topic because it all just feels too overwhelming and alarming. 2040 is an aspirational film full of hope about the possibility to make changes that will shift the course for humanity and the planet. This is the narrative the next generation needs to see, to aspire to, and to believe is possible.


How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?

Every major foundation has recognised climate change as a key contributing factor to the most pressing social issues we face, both locally and globally.
Aims & Objectives

What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?

Impact Vision

A world where humanity as a collective is mobilized to learn about, contribute to, advocate for and invest in regenerative solutions to heal our planet and all of its living systems

Impact Goals

* Mobilise the movement 

• Move the money 

• Shift the policy frame

• Inspire behaviour change 


What is your education and outreach strategy?

Our impact strategy is focussed on inspiring audiences to learn about, advocate for and invest in regenerative solutions to heal our planet and its living systems. Our website and social media channels will provide a hub of information, videos and teaching tools for adults and children that will evolve and grow over time. 

In collaboration with key impact partners, we will mobilise audiences around regenerative solutions by providing a tool that allows them to identify their passion and power, then translates that into a personalised action plan based on their location interests, level of engagement and resources. Many of our calls to action will steer people towards engaging with projects and initiatives that not only help to reduce emissions but also sequester CO2 from the atmosphere.

Content themes include: renewable and decentralised energy - transport - educating and empowering girls - regenerative agriculture - marine permaculture - circular economy -local food systems - new economic models - and much, much more. To make all this as effective and self-sustaining as possible, we want to build a coalition of like-minded supporters and contributors around the film and its outreach. Not just in Australia, but in key territories around the world. This will not only enable the best possible film, but as importantly, ensure that the outreach is cohesive, relevant and on point, giving the film greater depth and local currency across the globe.

Damon Gameau
Nick Batzias, Anna Kaplan, Virginia Whitwell
Total budget
90 Minutes