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  • Cinema Nova 380 Lygon Street Carlton, VIC, 3053 Australia (map)

“Even face to face with a bleak future, The Hottest August is steeped in delight, the kind that reminds us that there’s beauty in the world, and a future that’s worth fighting for.” – Slate

8.30pm | Saturday 26 October | Cinema Nova


Brett Story | USA, Canada | 2019 | 94 mins

Australian Premier

‘What were you doing while the planet was burning?’

This is the question posed by The Hottest August, offering fascinating perspectives from a broad range of everyday New Yorkers – from the optimists to deniers, through to the futurists.

Billed as the ‘Humans of New York’ approach to a climate change filmmaking, The Hottest August explores the different ways people respond to living in the age of climate anxiety, confronted by an endless stream of dire statistics, terrifying images and a ticking clock.

Filmed every day over the course of a month, this film captures lived realities – job insecurity, racialised violence, gentrification, disaster recovery, fears of technology – all compounding and compounded by how we deal with the rapidly changing world around us.

Presented as a poetic artefact, The Hottest August offers a refreshingly lucid look at the backdrop to our ecological crisis.

As hypnotically beautiful as it is haunting, this film is about our future from the perspective of the present.


This screening will be followed by a discussion with the following panellists.

Thanks to all EFFA 2019 partners for their generous supporting in making this year’s festival possible, including major partner, Bank Australia, government partner, City of Darebin, and supporting partner Monash University.

Earlier Event: October 26
Later Event: October 27