“The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?” – an official selection for the 2019 Global Peace Film Festival!

I’m delighted to report that the Global Peace Film Festival in Orlando, Florida have named The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation? as one of their official selections for 2019, celebrating it as “providing a deeply human way of looking at the root of our sustainability issues”.

It will screen there at 6pm on September 20th as part of a full day of programming to support the Children’s Strike for Climate (a cause close to my heart, having been out on the streets of London this week with the Extinction Rebellion). Both the director Peter Armstrong and I will participate via video-link, taking a Q&A after the screening.

We’re also busily putting together plans for the full launch later in early 2020, though if you can’t wait that long to see it, there are a few ways to jump the queue (the first being tomorrow evening at the Seed Festival in Stroud!)

First chance to see!

David Fleming - The Sequel

The cogs are turning ahead of The Sequel‘s full public launch in early 2020, but for those who can’t wait, there are now a few ways to see it sooner!

    1. Come to a screening. Numerous institutions and local groups are holding preview screenings around the world. Check local listings, or join us at one of ours.
    2. Organise a screening! The Sequel is now available on a preview licence for educational institutions, grassroots groups ($79, on request) or home screenings.
    3. For those in the US, we’re delighted to announce that the new Ovid.tv streaming platform – films that challenge the status quo – has chosen The Sequel as one of their launch features! US viewers can use special partnership promo code “OvidBF” to join Ovid and stream the film right now for just $5.25.

Or of course, you can wait for the full global DVD/streaming release and launch events. Details to come on that front.

Whichever way you watch the film, do let us know what you think, and whether it inspires you to a more satisfying path through these eventful times!

Our thanks, as ever, for the endless support and encouragement.


Early promotion and group screenings

Since signing up a few months back, our global distributors Bullfrog Films have been hard at work pulling together all the necessary materials for the initial launch, and we’re glad to announce that The Sequel is now available on exclusive preview release for educational institutions, grassroots groups or home screenings.

Note that since these early copies are intended for group screenings in classrooms, meetings, theatres etc, the prices are of course higher than they will be upon the full DVD/streaming release in 2019 early 2020.

For the trailer, full information and the first thrilling reviews, click through to the film’s dedicated page at Bullfrog.

The film is finished!

Emerging from a few months of frantic editorial work, we have two exciting pieces of news:

  1. yes, the film is finished!  We are absolutely delighted with the final, hour-long creation, and much look forward to hearing what you all think.
  2. …and it’s not just us who rates it 🙂 The ever-impressive Bullfrog Films have had a sneak preview and immediately signed up as our global distributor. Fantastic news!

UPDATE – the film is now available for purchase and rental by educational institutions and activist groups! Wider launch to follow in 2019 early 2020, details to come..!

We are also exploring the possibility of taking on a separate distribution partner for the UK/Europe (contacts welcome!), but utterly thrilled to have such distinguished partners helping bring our work to a wider audience worldwide.

Without doubt this early success owes a huge debt to all of you, both for your input to the finished film and for the enthusiastic sharing that has led to over 4.5 million views for our tasters, like the one above. Thank you.

Taster #7 – “Responding to a No-growth Economy”

The final teaser from our forthcoming David Fleming documentary looks at the response of people to the harsh austerity conditions in Greece since 2010.

And in particular at the informal health care system they created based on ‘solidarity clinics’, where doctors and pharmacists in their hundreds volunteer their time and experience, recognising that healthcare had been priced out of reach for many.

Having filmed off and on in Greece for more than 50 years, it was particularly sad to be focusing this time on scenes of decay and desperation. But meeting the volunteers working together as ‘Solidarity for All’ was the opposite: an inspiring example of empathy in action, making a real difference.

It’s a perfect example of what David wrote about in Surviving the Future:


Picture Hunt

We’ve been given some excellent pictures of David in later life and now I’m searching for images of the younger David that will help in telling the story of his life. Lucy Barlow, David’s niece, kindly invited me over to look at the family archive, and shared this wonderful portrait of David grandfather. David Hay Fleming, who was a distinguished Scottish historian, antiquary and critic, living from 1849 to 1931.

Then Lucy came up with a picture of the house where David lived in his teens. It’s Kylsant House, in the Cotswolds, and is now a listed building. The family had preserved the picture on a biscuit tin…


Taster #6 – “A Story of Pots” – and a voice for David Fleming!

As we continue the work of editing together the final film we’ve arrived at the exciting stage of finding a voice for David Fleming’s words. Readings from Lean Logic form a key element in the story we are telling, but of course we don’t have recordings of Fleming reading from his own posthumous book.

David Fleming had a very distinctive way of speaking – a bit posh and with great boyish enthusiasm to get his points across as they tumbled out of him, all intertwined like the entries in the dictionary he birthed. We certainly didn’t want to attempt an imitation of his voice, which would have sounded artificial and unconvincing. Rather we want to capture the spirit of his writing in a way that engages a whole new audience. At least that is what we are aiming for.

And we are very lucky to be working with Richard Cordery, a distinguished actor now appearing in Network at the National Theatre, and an experienced voice-over specialist. Here’s a new extract from the film with Richard reading from Lean Logic. He’s telling a simple story with which David intended to show how the simple desire for a pot can… well you’ll see!

Taster #5 – “Why Throw It Away?

A key concept in David Fleming’s thought is the ‘closed-loop system’:

“Closed-loop systems are systems or communities that have worked out how, collectively, to reuse most of their materials. For a natural ecology, this is routine – a necessary condition for its existence. But in an open system such as a market economy, this condition is absent. For a community intent on a degree of eco-independence, the closed-loop system is a necessity; in a sense the definition of what it is aiming to do.” (from Lean Logic)

So it was a real delight to visit the Nailsworth Repair Cafe this week, where volunteers inspired by his work invite people to bring in their broken things and get them fixed for free. The initiative is part of Transition Stroud and, as you’ll see, behind every broken object was a very human story.

It was inspiring to see the practical skills and relationships by which communities can recover and repair the things we need being utilised and shared, as well as the obvious benefits of keeping useful objects out of landfill.

“The Transition movement is part of a convergence of thinking towards the principle that, if areas and communities are to be prepared for the shocks of energy, climate, economics and society, it will not be government and regulatory agencies that do it. It will be something they do for themselves … The solutions they employ depend on the efficiencies and reciprocities made available on the small scale.” (from Lean Logic)

Do let us know in the comments below what you think about these tasters and the issues they raise. The first four tasters have now been viewed over 2 million times, so there’s obviously something about David’s message that’s really resonating for people!


Taster #4 – “The Joy of Local Food”

This was a delightful sequence to film, travelling West into the English countryside to meet two people equally passionate about the importance of David Fleming’s concept of localisation. In particular they are concerned about what is wrong with the kind of global food system that has taken over our lives (“supermarkets are the enemy…but we love them”). But more importantly both Sir Roger Scruton, the philosopher, and Helena Norberg-Hodge, the anthropologist, are inspired by David Fleming’s work in driving forward the practical alternative – the growth of the local food movement (“it’s the economics of happiness”).

As his famous quote goes,
“Localisation stands, at best, at the limits of practical possibility. But it has the decisive argument in its favour that there will be no alternative.”

Here is the full version of our taster on place, localisation and community, giving a first sense of what may appear in the final film:

And this is the tighter version focused on local food that I cooked up for Facebook:

An overview of the film, as it starts to take shape

Shaun Chamberlin holding a copy of David Fleming's Lean Logic

We’re thrilled that the three tasters we have released so far have sparked a lot of interest, viewed over half a million times already, and with hundreds of comments received. Thank you! It’s wonderful to know that there’s such hunger for this film about David Fleming’s inspiring legacy, and such keenness to collaborate with us on making it the best it can be.

As you’ll know, each taster is focused on a single one of David’s topics – the concepts he explores in dictionary format in his incredibly wide-ranging Dictionary for the Future, Lean Logic. So far we have covered his entries on ‘Gaia’, ‘Carnival’ and ‘Encounter’, but we’re hearing that we’re not yet offering people enough overall context of David’s vision, within which to ground each of these concepts.

So I’ve asked the film’s instigator, Shaun Chamberlin (pictured above), for a kind of summary framework within which we can make more comprehensible the individual topics we are planning to include in the documentary. Shaun has done outstanding work in setting David’s dictionary-style approach into a linear narrative (in the paperback Surviving the Future) that brings out the power of his arguments. So I now hand over to Shaun to offer an overview of the film as we currently envision it, as context for the individual video tasters and for your input: