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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 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 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary footage with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board for his daughter and the planet. 

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.

Climate change presents a threat to humanity unprecedented in known history. Scientists now unanimously believe that we have reached the tipping point. Without immediate and drastic action our children will have a world that none of us, if we could truly understand it, would ever want. 

As individuals we are constantly told to create goals, to ‘dream big’ and envision a positive future for ourselves. Sadly, we seem to lack the same concept when it comes to the collective. We don't do the same for humanity as a whole. 2040 is that project. It is a vision board for the planet that paints a positive portrait of what ‘could be’ instead of the current dystopian future we are so often presented. 

Set in the present day, Damon embarks on a fact-based dreaming journey to reveal what the future could look like if we truly began to put into action all that was available to us to improve our planet and culture. A think tank of the world's leading minds across economics, climate, politics, food supply and design will help structure a script that carefully maps out the actions required to make a better world for all of us and safeguard the future of humanity as we know it. Fundamentally, it will highlight what individuals began to do in 2019 that led to great change. 

2040 is not about ‘doom and gloom’ of the present situation and the near future. Many academics believe that people become inactive on this topic because it all just feels too overwhelming and alarming. Our approach is to make an aspirational film full of hope about the possibility to make changes that will shift the course for future generations. 

This is the narrative the future generation urgently 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?

People need to see that their individual actions matters. If apathy and self-interest persists, we will lose our beautiful planet as we know it. The world’s leading thinkers and ‘doers’ will highlight the individual actions each of us can immediately contribute and the film will show how these actions then grow and build momentum to create sustainable change.

What is your education and outreach strategy?

The potential for an outreach campaign is enormous with this project and is in actual fact, more important than the film itself. It will provide a hub of information, videos and teaching tools for adults and children that will evolve and grow over time.

Key areas to be considered include:
- permaculture,
- sustainable home improvements,
- community food forests,
- micro finance 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