Despite meltdowns and mountains of radioactive waste, could nuclear really save the planet?
Saturday 16th November, 2013 at 12:00pm
The Ritzy Cinema
Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW2 1JG (T: 0871 902 5739)
Films individually priced, or buy a discounted full day ticket for £20 (£18 conc)
Amazingly, nuclear power is now the cry from many climate change warriors!
In a remarkable about-turn, climate change warriors and environmentalists are becoming pro-nuclear. They believe that with the surge in demand from the developing world, nuclear energy is our planet's 'cleanest' option, but with Fukushima still spewing radiated waste, the arguments against it remain potent.
As plans go ahead for the UK's first new nuclear plant in twenty years, join us for a day of brilliant films exploring the pros and cons.
Six documentaries from different points of view; four international directors in discussion; a one-time chance to be informed, take part and focus on this key issue for the future of our planet. Our extensive programme includes Oscar-nominated director and former anti-nuclear campaigner Robert Stone's controversial PANDORA'S PROMISE, which meets the energy experts who have undergone the most radical of conversions. In addition we will have films looking at disasters such as Fukushima and Chernobyl, and a very special sneak preview of a brand new documentary on potential nuclear answers.
We end the day with a panel discussion on the past, present and future of nuclear, featuring Robert Stone (dir. Pandora's Promise), Esther Hoffenberg (dir. Welcome to Nuclear Land), Frankie Fenton (dir. The Good Reactor) and Paul Johannessen (dir. Women of Fukushima).
All screenings are individually priced but day tickets are also available for £20 (£18 conc), this includes all the films AND our closing night panel at 25% off the cost of all three tickets! To take advantage of this offer, call the Ritzy Box office (0871 902 5739) or visit in person and buy all three tickets in one purchase.
12.00 - A IS FOR ATOM
Dir. Adam Curtis (1992 – 56 mins)
Adam Curtis traces the rise of nuclear power production, revealing the dangerous influence of politics and business on the race to produce power stations. With his usual insightful style he reveals the flaws inherent in this development.
This is a free screening but booking is essential. Click here to reserve a ticket.
13.45 - THE BATTLE OF CHERNOBYL
Dir. Thomas Johnson (2006 – 93 mins)
Featuring testimony from workers, engineers and even Gorbachev himself, THE BATTLE OF CHERNOBYL exposes the design flaws, incompetence and cover-ups of the Chernobyl Power Plant disaster, and chronicles the subsequent harrowing battle against radiation.
£9 (£8 conc / £7 members)
Click here to book tickets for THE BATTLE OF CHERNOBYL (Or call the Ritzy Box Office to buy tickets for all three films at over 25% discount - 0871 902 5739).
15.50 - WOMEN OF FUKUSHIMA + WELCOME TO NUCLEAR LAND
Women of Fukushima
Dir. Paul Johannessen (2012 – 23 mins)
A group of brave local women overcome their cultural shyness to protest against the silence of the Japanese government, a year after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. They are concerned most of all for the children from the extended exclusion zone, now being encouraged to return in the re-start programme.
Welcome to Nuclear Land
Dir. Esther Hoffenberg (2009 – 80 mins)
France has embraced nuclear energy as a safe option, relying on it for 84% of the country's power. Esther Hoffenberg lifts the lid on life in the region of Normandy, home to the most nuclear power plants in the world and where they even store nuclear waste from other countries.
£9 (£8 conc / £7 members)
Click here to book tickets for WOMEN OF FUKUSHIMA & WELCOME TO NUCLEAR LAND (Or call the Ritzy Box Office to buy tickets for all three films at over 25% discount - 0871 902 5739).
18.30 - THE GOOD REACTOR & PANDORA'S PROMISE + Panel Q&A
The Good Reactor (Sneak preview excerpt)
Dir. Frankie Fenton (2013 – 20 mins)
Could thorium - a half-forgotten technology from the Cold War era – give us a safe source of nuclear energy independent of the ability to produce a bomb?
Dir. Robert Stone (2013 – 87 mins)
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Robert Stone makes the controversial argument that nuclear energy could potentially save our planet. His provocative new documentary meets the climate change and energy experts who have undergone a radical conversion, and now attack the objections to nuclear.
We end the day with a panel discussion on the past, present and future of nuclear, featuring Robert Stone (dir. Pandora's Promise), Esther Hoffenberg (dir. Welcome to Nuclear Land), Frankie Fenton (dir. The Good Reactor) and Paul Johannessen (dir. Women of Fukushima)
£11.50 (£10.50 conc / £9.50 members)
Click here to book tickets for THE GOOD REACTOR & PANDORA'S PROMISE (Or call the Ritzy Box Office to buy tickets for all three films at over 25% discount - 0871 902 5739).