Frequently Asked Questions
When is 2040 being released in Australia?
A 5 week national tour of special event screenings commences in April and tickets are on sale now. The film then goes on general cinema release on 23 May.
2040 will be available for community screenings and on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD platforms later in the year. Sign up to the Regeneration and follow us on social media to hear the latest news about how to see and share the film.
When will 2040 be released outside of Australia?
We’re working hard it to ensure the film is available to audiences around the world. We’ll be posting more info here as it becomes available, but in the meantime the film will be screening at a range of international film festivals. Follow us on social media to hear about upcoming festival screenings near you.
Who are the filmmakers?
2040 is produced by the same creative team behind the popular and award-winning feature documentary That Sugar Film. Released in 30+ countries and accompanied by multi-platform impact campaign, That Sugar Film helped to raise awareness of hidden sugars in our food supply and empowered audiences to take control of their sugar consumption in order to improve their health and wellbeing.
2040 Key Creative Team:
Written and Directed By DAMON GAMEAU
Produced By NICK BATZIAS, ANNA KAPLAN, VIRGINIA WHITWELL, DAMON GAMEAU
Executive Producers: IAN DARLING, MALINDA WINK, MARK MONROE, PAUL WIEGARD, WILLIAM GAMMON, JUSTIN BAIRD
Director of Photography: HUGH MILLER, Editor: JANE USHER, Production Designers: LUKE BUBB & CARRIE KENNEDY
Who are the expert contributors?
PAUL HAWKEN, Project Drawdown
DR KATE RAWORTH, Doughnut Economics
NEEL TAMHANE, SolShare
DR BRIAN VON HERZEN, The Climate Foundation
DR AMANDA CAHILL, The Next Economy
TONY SEBA, Rethink X
ERIC TOENSMEIER, The Carbon Farming Solution
COLIN SEIS, Pasture Cropping Specialist
HELENA NORBERG-HODGE, Local Futures
PROFESSOR JOHN E. PETERSON, Oberlin College
DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR GENEVIEVE BELL, Australian National University
Who else is in the film?
Interviews were filmed with over 100 children aged 6-11 years old in 7 different locations around the world. They shared their concerns, hopes and ideas for the future they want to inherit, all of which guided Damon’s journey to discover solutions that could help create that future. Members of the local communities who are pioneering or have embraced the solutions we explore are also featured. And we cast a number of professional actors, including Eva Lazzaro who plays Damon’s daughter Velvet in the scenes set in 2040.
How was the film funded?
2040 was financed with support from Screen Australia, Shark Island Institute, Good Pitch Australia, Documentary Australia Foundation, Film Victoria and a number of philanthropic donors. The 2040 impact campaign is powered by a cross-sectorial coalition of impact partners, donors and in-kind supporters.
Thank you to our philanthropic donors:
The Caledonia Foundation, The Intrepid Foundation, Nine Links Foundation, Paradice Family Foundation, Wilson Foundation, Bill Manos, Gretel Packer, Rebel Penfold-Russell, Joan Darling, Rebecca Gorman & John Sevior, Yulgilbar Foundation, Berry Liberman & Danny Almagor, Thyne Reid Foundation, Lewin Foundation, W & A Johnson Family Foundation, Andyinc Foundation, Debbie Dadon AM & Family, Maitri Foundation, Ricci Swart, Burrabaroo Foundation, Simeon Rae, Tobias Partners, Georgina Byron, The Snow Foundation, Graeme Wood Foundation, Ainsworth Herschell Family, Graf Family, Chasam Foundation, Future Super, The Humphries Family Fund, James Kirby, Sue Jacobs, Penelope & Ian Ward-Ambler, Mim & Michael Bartlett, Kate Hayward, Kay/Swaney Family, John & Anna Hyles, Phillip Cornwell, Seri Renkin, Ben McNeill & Richard Todd.
What was your carbon management plan?
We completed a carbon assessment to quantify and mitigate the emissions generated during production of the film. A thorough audit of all of our travel (air, road and rail), energy use (electricity, gas, diesel), water use and waste (recycled and landfill) revealed we had emitted around 2,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
We also went a step further than just offsetting by partnering with Greening Australia and Intrepid Travel to plant a small native forest in northern NSW and worked with Dr Tim Moore from Biodiverse Carbon to calculate that this forest could sequester up to 90 tonnes of carbon by 2040.
Tackling climate change effectively requires drastically reducing global fossil fuel emissions, but shifting away from fossil fuels requires large-scale systemic changes. In the meantime carbon offsetting can play an interim role by helping to fund projects that reduce future dependence on fossil fuels and keep or sequester carbon into the soil.
What is carbon offsetting?
A carbon credit (or carbon offset) is a financial instrument that represents a tonne of Co2 (carbon dioxide) or Co2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) gases. Carbon offset schemes allow individuals and companies to invest in environmental projects around the world in order to balance out their own carbon footprints.
The projects are usually based in developing countries and most commonly are designed to reduce future emissions. Carbon credits are generated by either reducing or removing emissions from the atmosphere (via sequestration and tree planting activities, often performed by Conservation Land Banks like InfiniteEARTH’s Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve) or by reducing future Co2 or Co2e emissions by funding development of renewable energy and other sustainability projects that can help shift manufacturing and industrial activities away from dependence on fossil fuels.
What is the book about?
2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration by Damon Gameau is a companion book to the film published by Pan Macmillan Australia. The official release date is 29 April, after which it will be available widely in bookstores and via online retailers.
Click here to pre-order your copy.
A percentage of Damon’s royalties from the book will be donated to our impact partner Carbon8 to support farmers to put carbon back into their soil.
How do I host a screening for my school, community, business, etc?
Private Cinema Screenings (BOOK NOW)
Group bookings are available now for screenings from 23 May. Host a fundraiser, take your class or get your team together!
Contact your local cinema to make your group booking.
Cinema on Demand (HOST A SCREENING HERE)
Request a screening at your preferred cinema and promote it to your community. You become the host and keep a percentage of the ticket sales.
Community & School Screenings (COMING LATER THIS YEAR)
You will soon be able to register your interest in hosting a screening at your school, community venue, workplace or any other venue. Community and school screenings can commence later this year once the film has finished its cinema run and is released on disc and digital platforms.
Sign up to our mailing list and we’ll send you more information as soon as it becomes available.
Do you have any teaching resources?
Yes! Please visit our Schools page (links to Schools/Teachers page) to find out more.
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