I am very pleased and excited to bring you some advance notice of the upcoming feature length documentary Pandora’s Promise, from acclaimed, Academy nominated film-maker Robert Stone. This film will bring to global audiences many of the issues, arguments and discussions that have been passionately raised here at Decarbonise SA and among other pro-nuclear environmentalists.
PANDORA’S PROMISE is a feature-length documentary that explores how and why mankind’s most feared and controversial technological discovery is now passionately embraced by many of those who once led the charge against it. The film is anchored around the personal narratives of a growing number of leading former anti-nuclear activists and pioneering scientists who, in the face of considerable controversy, are directly challenging the anti-nuclear orthodoxy that is a founding tenet of the mainstream environmental movement.
While in the US recently, I had the great pleasure to meet and get to know Robert just a little bit, and what a terrific, passionate man he is. We were treated to a 9 minute teaser, and if that is anything to go by, this movie will be a big deal indeed. I have since followed the final stages of the film’s development with interest, and just this week received word that it has been selected to premier at the Sundance Film Festival in the US in January 2013, with a mainstream US release in the summer of 2013. According to Robert, both the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals are expressing interest, so I am hoping we might see him and some of the other protagonists of the film (several of whom are listed on my Who gets it? page) on our shores next year to promote this work.
You will note if you visit the page that the cast includes Charles Till and Len Koch. For those of you who have been paying attention, you will realise that the film will be covering the development (and, I have to assume, shelving) of the Integral Fast Reactor. You may also note that the film has been in development for over three years, meaning it would have been well underway when the Sendai quake hit Japan, and the Fukushima nuclear incident occurred. I have to imagine that it will be amazing viewing to see how Robert covers the way in which this event then steers the opinions and perspectives of the protagonists.
This release is another great cause for optimism that rationality in the climate change/energy debate is due to gain the upper hand in the next few years in Australia. Reports like the Australian Energy Technology Assessments, and tools like CSIRO efuture are making it much harder for policy makers to remain blind to the economic and environmental advantages of nuclear power. My own report collaboration, Zero Carbon Options , provides a convincing and comprehensive response to the meme that Australia can or should trust our future to renewables alone, in an accessible, readable, and (hats off to my co-creators) very good looking format. Before long I will be bringing news of a major science conference for Australia entirely focused on nuclear power for around mid-2013.
But thanks to Robert and his friends and co-creators, Pandora’s Promise provides an even stronger chance that the pro-nuclear environmentalist perspective will leap into the worldviews of vastly more members of the Australian public in a much shorter space of time. I’m sure we all look forward to offering our support to the local release of the film.