Brett Story is a geographer and award-winning non-fiction filmmaker. Her research interests across the fields of documentary and critical theory include experimental cinema and essay films, politics and aesthetics, racial capitalism and Marxist political economy, and visual geography. Her films have screened at True/False, Oberhausen, Hot Docs, the Viennale, and Dok Leipzig, among other international festivals.

The Hottest August is a film about climate change, disguised as a portrait of collective anxiety. Filmed entirely over the course of one month, in one city, the film offers an evocative and empathetic mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary lives.