My Extinction

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What does it take for us to act on the climate crisis – especially if we’re the kind of person who should already be acting?  In this funny, relatable feature documentary, director Josh Appignanesi turns the camera on himself to chart the journey of a concerned yet ineffectual dad into climate action. He finds the first step is letting those unbearable feelings of climate anxiety in, instead of pushing them aside.

But as he meets others like him, he discovers how oil-backed propagandists funded our denial and paralysis. He sets out to unmask the vested interests responsible, helping raise a generation’s leading authors in vibrant chorus - including Zadie Smith, Simon Schama, Ali Smith, David Graeber, George Monbiot, Juliet Stevenson, Simon McBurney, AL Kennedy, Peter Pomerantsev, not to mention Juliet Stevenson and Mark Rylance.

Blending auto-ethnography, cultural activism, and documentary comedy, MY EXTINCTION is a revealingly honest account of how to feel your feelings, act on your privilege, and get active when threatened with extinction.

Funded by the Arts Council and the Sigrid Rausing Trust, the 2023 release was supported by major NGOs (including Greenpeace, Quakers, EarthRise, XR, Project Everyone and others) selected for over 50 UK cinemas by both Picturehouse and Curzon, with multiple panel talks with high-level journalists and activists, as well as outreach and recruitment. Beyond reviews, widespread press features were commissioned and interviews given in key media including The Mirror, The Guardian, The Observer, Big Issue, Times Radio, BBC Radio and many other outlets.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Size80 minutes
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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