Anthropocene – a feature film by Steve Bradshaw 

“Beautiful… eye-opening… chilling… intensely engaging… must-see… captivating… well-chosen black humour… visually stunning! EVERYONE should watch…”


 We’re living in the Anthropocene. Should we laugh or cry?

In Anthropocene scholars deciding if we live in a new geological epoch describe how we created our artificial planet. Is our story a tragedy, a comedy… or something more surreal?

And how should we write the next – and maybe final – chapter?

“This is an excellent film with beautiful pictures and authentic interviews. Thanks to the film makers for a tremendous job and compelling introduction to the Anthropocene.” Professor Paul J. Crutzen, Atmospheric chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry who helped coin the term Anthropocene.

Have we made the Earth a better or worse place for us to live?

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Rob Pyne MP from Queensland Australia wrote on 5th April 2017:
It was very interesting. I enjoyed the commentary by the African professor, however I found some of the positive and excited comments of the Anglo Academics a little concerning. All of our collective efforts should be focused on mitigation and alerting others to the dangers our civilisation faces. In solidarity..
Dr. Daniela Vavrova from Cairns, Queensland, Australia wrote on 5th April 2017:
Your film is a valuable piece of work and we enjoyed watching it very much. It was the right choice to start our film series on the anthropocene with your film. Dr. Daniela Vavrova, The Cairns Institute, Jason Cook University, Queensland, Australia
Jim Proctor from Portland Oregon wrote on 18th July 2016:
"Somehow bringing the Anthropocene into history may give us strength: we have seen both better and worse; this sort of thing has in various ways been around a long time; there is much to be done but no one plan we all must follow. Let us indeed consider the Anthropocene as what Latour would call a matter of concern, not just a matter of fact; and let us acknowledge that this matter of concern remains as wonderfully complex as the Earth we inhabit." Jim Proctor, Prof Environmental Studies at Portland Oregon blogging on our Anthropocene trailer at
gabriela kaplan wrote on 12th April 2016:
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J. Hunt from Arlington, VA wrote on 28th March 2016:
Anthropocene was very interesting! But a viewer who hasn't followed environmental news could leave the film still not understanding how the mass-extinction is well underway, or how many climate feedback loops we're starting. The film implied humans will make it a few more centuries reaching 10 or 12 billion, and what's happening to the rest of the species won't have much effect. The title Anthropocene does imply it's all about humans, but we're just one of millions of species. We're right to be proud of our brains but it's too bad we don't value the other species and their habitats enough not to erase them.
Eric from Happy Valley wrote on 28th March 2016:
If nature ceased to exist we would too. If we ceased to exist, the Earth would repair itself and life would flourish again without us.
Prof. Ralf R. Haese School of Earth Sciences University of Melbourne. from Melbourne wrote on 14th March 2016:
I watched the movie Anthropocene last week as part of the Melbourne Transitions Film Festival. It was terrific – exciting, educational and provocative.
Richard Heinberg from Santa Rosa wrote on 11th March 2016:
With the help of fossil fuels, we humans have changed the world as profoundly as a great force of nature -- but our actions are mostly leaving a wake of destruction. Ironically, the capacity of the global ecosystem to support a future civilization that might, in turn, enable geologists or archaeologists to chronicle and assess our legacy is being imperiled. This gripping film is a balanced portrayal of the issues at stake. It is entertaining, clear, and chilling. Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute, Author, Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels.
Clare from Melbourne wrote on 13th February 2016:
I find the concept of the anthropocene terrifying. Nature is supposed to put us in our place and our challenge was to learn to live within nature's boundaries. The anthropocene suggests the domination perspective was right - humans control nature, even if it is to our own extinction. Scary stuff but great film!
Kotovs from Kotovs wrote on 6th February 2016:
The film is part of the world s first educational webportal on the Anthropocene, commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, and developed and sponsored by
Dr Nina from England wrote on 4th December 2015:
Great movie, really enjoyed it, visually stunning! EVERYONE should watch this. Good mix of serious tones (but not too sad or finger-pointing) and a few jokes. Gives you perspective on what we as humans are doing to this planet and where we might go in the future. This will stay with me for a while! As for whether we have made the Earth a better or worse place…definitely worse from the Earth’s perspective. I think the next century or so will be really ugly for humans, many will die. The species overall may survive though.
Davina Rodrigues from London wrote on 2nd November 2015:
Watching Anthropocene was like being Civilization and having a near-death experience
John Hoskyns-Abrahall from England wrote on 2nd November 2015:
Anthropocene reset our world view
Mr Shoe from London wrote on 2nd November 2015:
An important film for the citizens of the world
flaxsteve wrote on 2nd November 2015:
Anthropocene Wall – join the debate. Have we made the Earth a better or worse place for us to live? Leave your thoughts in 100 words or less on the Anthropocene Wall. Please say which part of the world you’re from.