I’m Naomi Smyth, a Bristol-based filmmaker and performer.

Here’s the background on my project, ‘How to Survive The Future’:

I’ve been 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: http://www.invisiblecircusfilm.com

I’m at an 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.

Everyone has their own beliefs about the next few decades and what they might be like, as well as their own ways of approaching survival issues. I’m hoping to crowdsource content, tips and contributors from far and wide in order to build up a portrait of where are are in relation to these issues at this moment in history. I hope you can help!




8 thoughts on “About

  1. Good luck guys! A much more sensible strategy than ignoring the crisis(es). Look forward to hearing where you go, what you learn & maybe even seeing the film!

    Posted by Mandy Meikle | August 20, 2012, 11:37 am
  2. just wanted to wish you 2 all the best of luck, as a fellow person concerned about our future its refreshing to see our “kind” portrayed well in the tabloids as you were!

    best of luck, and enjoy your journey, it’ll be full of learning, but i garuntee you’ll find the finer side of life, nothing better than using a homemade tool or eating a meal made from plants you’ve grown and animals you’ve killed!

    Posted by tim | August 23, 2012, 12:10 pm
  3. Hi Naomi & Sam only just read your story in the Observer and just want to wish you well on an amazing trip in front of you both,and will be looking forward to your blog

    Posted by Den Vangorph | August 29, 2012, 8:30 pm
  4. Hi, finding your blog very interesting. Have a look at this website GIYIreland.com, it promotes growing your own food and sustainable living. In the future I believe we are going to have to be more self reliant, I know the majority of people (myself included) will not have the means to grow all their own food but this will definitely be a required skill in the future

    Posted by Heather | September 2, 2012, 10:17 am
  5. hello both

    my observation is that having worked with people over the past forty years is that; some people sit in their chair with their hands in their lap saying ‘mend me’ help me’ make me better’ others ask for help saying I want to be better but I dont know how, show me the way I want to learn, others blow and bluster make a lot of noise and boss people about and want to lead but dont know in which direction because they dont understand people. Whqt we need is a small group of people in each area with a variety of skills,courage, communication skills empathy and a creative spirit………. just like the ancient village groups

    Posted by joy | September 5, 2012, 5:15 pm
  6. You will find , unfortunately, that the vast proportion of people couldn’t give a flying fig for this planet, its remaining wildlife and any thing that dares to grow and survive. It is hopeless. Sorry.

    Posted by mike | February 3, 2014, 5:22 pm
    • Well that’s an interesting perspective Mike. Not what I’ve found among the people I know but perhaps it is indeed the majority. You sound pretty down about it as well you might be. Since we all are alive though, as evidenced by our ability to type blog comments, I figure we should try to give as many flying figs as possible until the future takes us down. As, in the end, it will no matter what we do.

      Posted by naomisurvive | February 3, 2014, 7:44 pm

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