Vir­tual doco fu­ture shock

South Western Times - - News - Jack­son Bar­rett

The Dar­danup Shire Coun­cil’s pro­gram of community events will con­tinue on Sun­day with a vir­tual screen­ing of new doc­u­men­tary 2040 and a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion with di­rec­tor Da­mon Gameau.

The screen­ing is part of the I Love Dar­danup pro­gram, pro­vid­ing res­i­dents with ini­tia­tives and events to get in­volved in while so­cial dis­tanc­ing reg­u­la­tions are in place.

The doc­u­men­tary is struc­tured as a letter to Gameau’s four-yearold daugh­ter and looks for­ward to what the world could look like if the ad­vice sur­round­ing cli­mate change and the en­vi­ron­ment were com­pletely em­braced and fol­lowed.

Dar­danup shire chief ex­ec­u­tive An­dre Schon­feldt hopes the event will dou­ble not only as a chance to bring the community to­gether but also to get people think­ing.

“The doc­u­men­tary of­fers in­sight into some emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies and po­ten­tial paths which are pre­sented as op­tions to solv­ing some of our cur­rent global is­sues,” he said.

The coun­cil launched its Vi­sion2050 community con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod in Fe­bru­ary and a doc­u­ment is be­ing pre­pared with a broad, long-term plan for the fu­ture of the shire.

Mr Schon­feldt said the doc­u­men­tary should reignite the Vi­sion2050 con­ver­sa­tion.

“Coun­cil is not say­ing op­tions pre­sented in the film are right for our spe­cific area, how­ever, it does of­fer much food for thought,” he said.

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

The screen­ing is open to 100 people at 3pm this Sun­day and is a free event. A Q&A will then be held over zoom with Gameau, who also di­rected and starred in the 2014 health doc­u­men­tary, That Sugar Film.

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