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How to Survive the Future- the Film

I’ve ben planning a film on the subject of a looming catastrophic crash in our current way of life for a few years. I’m very interested in the divide between people who believe this will happen and  those who haven’t really thought about it, and also among those who are physically attempting to prepare and those who believe but don’t act on it at all.

I was inspired to make this film because of my husband Sam, who has been looking into Peak Oil issues for some years. For a rundown on Peak Oil issues and to see what some other people are doing to prepare for this particular catastrophe, see http://powerswitch.org.uk/forum/

Some friends of mine are more concerned about climate change, others more preoccupied with pollution, Nuclear war or meltdowns. Others are expecting sudden devastation from a renegade fragment of the sun or spinning amorphous superstition around the 2012 deadline.

For a very well informed man’s views on the subject of Collapse, check out Dmitri Orlov: http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/

A compelling, intense and emotional doc/monologue from ex-policeman turned activist and author Michael Ruppert- ‘Collapse’ (Dir. Chris Smith). Find Ruppert here: http://www.collapsenet.com/

Either way, my current working life spent in theatre, film and on Twitter is unlikely to provide me with the skills necessary to withstand the tidal wave of crushingly horrific Future that’s on its way.

So Sam has persuaded me to say farewell to Brizzle for a while and sail the seas in a £500 ebay boat picking up survival skills and meeting others who are acting on their fears of the future. I’ll be making a film about it and keen to hear from others with similar ideas- or better, completely different ones- and maybe meet and do some filming. Or maybe you think we’re nuts? If you can be polite and reasonable about it, let’s debate it.

On my last film “Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal” I shot and cut pretty much the whole thing  myself. I got feedback from a few people all along the way- mainly Sam- but at the end I needed 12 strangers to help get the final perspective to finish it. It’s being released in 2011 with Future Artists:  http://futureartists.co.uk and has had  two sellout screenings in Bristol, one at The Cube (www.cubecinema.com) on Feb 5th and now at the Watershed Media Centre (watershed.co.uk/exhibits/2913/) on 28th May.

Here’s the website with a link to the trailer: www.invisiblecircusfilm.com

I’m at a very early stage with this project but it’s quite a personal one so outside perspectives are important- and having support and input from others at Day 1 will hopefully help the process along massively.

Please refer anyone you know who thinks about this stuff a lot to this blog. I’ll try to post interesting stuff about survival issues, from the perspective of an incompetent beginner in slight denial- and so will Sam, as a bit more of an expert.Be back soon,




5 thoughts on “How to Survive the Future- the Film

  1. First things first, tell us about this boat you got from eBay for 500 quid and is this what you will be surviving in during the looming crisis, suggest this project should work with chapters, video, podcast, photos and video, and at the end of the journey we can all enjoy the doc, which we would have participated in the journey of creating…..

    Posted by Ashmore | June 5, 2011, 2:06 pm
    • Well, the boat is a 21 foot Kingfisher with a junk rigged sail. Sam has been researching how to customise it to make it as near to unsinkable as possible. He sailed to Cardiff in it yesterday but when he gets back I’ll get him to tell you more about it. He was inspired by Roger Taylor’s book ‘Voyages of a Simple Sailor’ which advocates small low-tech sailing boats as the safest and most pleasurable long-term voyage vessels: http://www.thesimplesailor.com/voyages.html
      The boat is an escape hatch for if things get too scary- it’s a form of live-in transport that can run on the wind or be rowed with a Yuloh (single oar used in China) and is not limited to roads that can be more easily blocked off and controlled by the authorities. It’s a place to sleep, and potential way to escape national boundaries and stay close to food sources- as well as fishing, riverbanks and coastal areas are great foraging grounds.

      In the near future while things are still stable, we need to sail it around lots to get good at it and get to know the coastline and the inland waters of Europe. Hopefully we can meet some like-minded people and find some places that would be useful to us in the future.

      Dmitri Orlov paints a compelling vision of a post-collapse tribe of sailing vegans in this essay: http://www.energybulletin.net/node/19396
      The Opensailing Project, who we also plan to meet, was born out of compiling ‘threat maps’ made up of environmental factors like war, nuclear meltdown and climate change and resulted in the verdict that the middle of the Atlantic Ocean will be the safest place in the future. Taking ‘apocalyptic threats…(as) design constraints’ they designed ‘floating modular architecture’ on which humans could build communities, grow and harvest food and generate energy. The same team recently designed self-sailing vessels to clean up oil spills: http://www.martingautron.com/projects/opensailing/opensailing.html

      Posted by naomisurvive | June 5, 2011, 2:25 pm
  2. Any tips on surviving the present, assume you have this covered if you are moving on to work out the future?



    Posted by Oliver | August 29, 2012, 10:33 pm


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