Online community event inspires future plan

The Shire of Dardanup’s series of online community events is going next level with an online movie plus LIVE Q&A with the film’s celebrity director scheduled for Sunday, May 24.

Up to 100 people will have the opportunity to watch Australian documentary ‘2040’ at 3.00pm on Sunday, May 24 in their own homes for free via a streaming service.

And following the documentary, participants will have the opportunity to join an online Q&A with celebrity director Damon Gameau to be conducted via Zoom.
Damon is known for his previous award-winning work ‘That Sugar Film’.

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In ‘2040’ he embarks on a 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.

Shire of Dardanup CEO André Schönfeldt said 2040 presented one person’s view of the future and he hoped it would inspire people to imagine what the future in their own area might look like.

“The documentary offers insight into some emerging technologies and potential paths which are presented as options to solving some of our current global issues,” Mr Schönfeldt said.
“Council is not saying options presented in the film are right for our specific area however it does offer much food for thought.

“Our aim with this exercise is literally just to get people thinking.”

The question “How would you like our future to look?” was posed by the Shire earlier in 2020 through its Vision2050 community consultation.

Following a community summit in February, the next phases of consultation involving town meetings had to be cancelled due to introduction of Covid-19 containment measures.

Mr Schönfeldt said the online presentation of 2040 was not only a continuation of Council’s successful program of online events and Covid-19 community support strategy launched under the theme name “I Heart Dardanup”, it was also a way to re-ignite the 2050 conversation.

Based on community input received at the February community summit, a Vision 2050 document is being prepared and will be released for further community feedback following the movie event.

Gumeau’s 2040 is structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter and 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.

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.

For more information about the online community movie event, or to book your place visit this link.