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Logline: A feature documentary revealing the tragicomic true story of our relationship with that most controversial energy source, nuclear power – as told by those who were there. After 7 turbulent decades, is the atomic love affair coming to an end?
Nuclear power is one of those divisive, “hot button” topics people can never agree about. But how did we get here? “The Atom: A Love Affair” reveals an oft-forgotten history through frank testimony from major players on both sides of the Atlantic – including politicians, scientists, engineers and campaigners. Their dramatic recollections are brought to life with a treasure trove of original archive material and clever re-purposing of vintage industrial films. Instead of trying to argue for or against nuclear power, the film spins the events into a turbulent, on-off love story whose drama is still playing out today.
Director – Vicki Lesley
Executive Producer – Christopher Hird
Director of Photography – Michael Timney, Owen Scurfield
Editor – Phil Reynolds
Co-production with one of the UK’s leading independent documentary companies, Dartmouth Films, whose credits include Sundance-selected films “The End of the Line” (2009), “The Flaw” (2011) and “Fire in the Blood” (2013) as well as many Sheffield DocFest-premiered films including “Still the Enemy Within,” which won the 2014 Audience Award and “The Divide” (2015), based on the hit book “The Spirit Level”
About the Film:
Back in 2006, nuclear was creeping back into the news as the new saviour of climate change. As a Greenpeace supporter and child of the 80s I was intrigued – how was this relic of the past suddenly making a comeback? I’ve worked on the film for 10 years (including a break to have my son) and have grown fascinated by the way history repeats itself – and by the complex emotions on both sides of this fractious debate. Only by understanding the past – and each other – can we make truly informed judgements about where we go next.
Current Status: We are at advanced rough cut stage and are currently crowdfunding to help raise money for final post-production costs (online/grade/dub).
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