Thursday 22th – Sunday 25th March 2012
(l-r) Stills from Countdown To Zero, Dr. Strangelove, Thirteen Days
With the final decision date for the UK’s replacement of Trident approaching, the Tricycle (Kilburn, North London) examines the nuclear weapons debate and its history through a season across their Theatre, Cinema, and Gallery which includes a four-day film festival running Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th March.
The season will address the wider issues involved in the nuclear debate through their depiction on film. Highlights include: Stanley Kubrick’s black comedy and cult classic about an insane general, Dr.Strangelove; Thirteen Days, a look at the events in the Kennedy White House during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis; and the apocalyptical On The Beach starring Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner. The programme includes animated offerings such as Raymond Biggs’ When The Wind Blows as well as Oscar-nominated documentary Countdown To Zero, which explores the dangers of nuclear weapons. There’ll also be a screening of The Atomic Café, a disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government issued propaganda films which the New York Times claims will have you howling with laughter, horror and disbelief.
The programme also includes: Threads, a documentary style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the city of Sheffield; Let The Wind Blow, a cinematic depiction of tensions between Pakistan and India; The War Game, a docu-drama that won the Oscar for Best Documentary despite being a fictional portrayal of nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city; Nuclear Tipping Point, a look at the current nuclear threats worldwide; Buddha Weeps In Jadugoda, an examination of the effects of radioactive waste created through uranium mining; Barefoot Gen, an animation based on the creator’s own experiences of Hiroshima; Hiroshima Mon Amour, which tells of a French actress who has an affair with a married Japanese man; La Jetee, where survivors in a devastated Paris attempt to recover supplies; and Day One, a dramatisation of Oppenheimer’s work at the Manhattan Project, where the first atom bomb was built.
The festival will be accompanied by a series of Q&As and panel discussions to further explore the issues involved. Guests include actor Shane Rimmer (Dr. Strangelove), Countdown to Zero film coproducers Global Zero, and James Cameron (an expert on the Cuban Missile Crisis, University Cambridge).
The Nuclear Film Festival is part of The Tricycle Goes Nuclear, a series of plays, films, talks, discussions, and exhibitions all about the Nuclear Bomb running until 1 April.