Recipes for Disaster

John Webster, Finland, 2008

85 min.Documentary

This is a film about climate change. About catastrophe. And it's funny, painfully funny. We love to blame the corporations and industries for what's going wrong with the planet, but we are mistaken. It's us, baby. You and me. We're the real bad guys.

This film shows that at the core of the impending climate catastrophe are those little failures that we as individuals make every day, and which are so much a part of human nature. All the everyday stuff that we don't do, or that we can't help doing, that eventually lead to destruction. The film shows thirteen of these little recipes for disaster.

We are addicted to oil and it's going to lead us to destruction. We consume so much oil that if it was oil pouring over Niagara Falls the deluge would last for 25 days. And that's only one year's consumption. Environmental warning lights are flashing like crazy, yet how do we respond? By consuming even more oil. We know it's not doing us any good, it's going to destroy everything we hold dear, but we can't stop. We just can't break free. Why?
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Katastrofin Aineksaia
Danish title Opskrifter på katastrofer
Keywords Environmental awareness, Consumer behaviour, Energy comsumption, Comsumption, Life style, Households, Family life
Director John Webster
Producer Lise Lense-Møller
Director of Photography John Webster
Editor Niels Pagh Andersen, John Webster
Sound Pietari Koskinen, Peter Nordström
Production country Finland
Production company Magic Hour Films
International sales
Technical info color, Dolby, SRD
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Magic Hour Films


Direction John Webster


Producer Lise Lense-Møller


Cinematography John Webster


Stills Petri Kaipiainen


Editing Niels Pagh Andersen
Editing John Webster


Sound Pietari Koskinen
Sound Peter Nordström

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