Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne 2015

Future Dreaming (Australian Movie)

In January 2015, film director Kaya Finlayson recorded a conversation with the renowned thinker Dr David E Martin, to explore the past, present and future of humanity.


Future Dreaming discusses the narratives that drive our economic, social and political thinking and unpacks the assumptions that underlie those conditions. The industrial age for example, did not simply bring us new technology, it bought a new way of thinking. It was the first time in the human narrative that nature was classified as having zero value and that human beings were defined as a resource.



The film critiques the models that we are working with and then offers a new model, one that has existed for billions of years. David likes to call this model the Genius of the Universe; it is the intelligence that underlies the natural world creating a sustainable and successful eco system. David asks a very simple question - what would humanity look like if we stopped imposing our models upon nature, and instead, chose to follow the same playbook as the ecosystem we find ourselves in?


Future Dreaming is a call to return to the essence of what it means to be human. To a version of humanity that cares about its place in the world and the effect it has on the environment.
The film explores a new understanding of the human condition, whereby we no longer see ourselves as separate or having dominion over nature, but instead experience a deep sense of connection with it.


Future Dreaming is a conversation between two people deeply interested in the potential of mankind. It’s a conversation about the sleeping nature of humanity and what it would take to Awaken.


Kaya Finlayson



Kaya Finlayson



Kaya Finlayson, Dinah Wakefield


Key Cast

Dr David E Martin The Patent Wars

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    August 7, 2015
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    5,000 AUD
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    Cannon C300
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