"VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY: The Poetic Alternative to Consumer Culture” was produced and directed by Amir Dervic & Tanja Capic duo from NO WAY Productions. Original music score written, composed & produced by Samuel Alexander & Andy Gibson (see the soundtrack clip AFFLUENZA: vimeo.com/5360228 ).
“VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY: The Poetic Alternative to Consumer Culture” was produced for Plug In TV, a documentary filmmakers initiative here in Melbourne which we were a part of in 2008/9. The documentary made its broadcast premiere on C31, Melbourne's community TV station, in April 2009 and since then it has appeared on a number of local and international festivals. Strangely, the documentary even made its way into the University of Illinois Sustainable Business course curriculum.
THE DOCUMENTARY “Voluntary Simplicity: The Poetic Alternative to Consumer Culture” explores the philosophy behind Voluntary Simplicity, what potential or significance it has as a quietly emerging social movement and what its limitations might be. Presented by Samuel Alexander, a part-time lecturer and doctoral student at the University of Melbourne Law School, and the founder of the Life Poets Simplicity Collective. Living simply and happily in a small hut that he built himself using mostly abandoned materials, he spends his time quietly planning, with youthful ambition, the non-violent erasure of consumer culture.
“Live simply, so others may simply live.”(Gandhi)