Atomic Hope Inside The Pro Nuclear Movement

Sat 09 July / Town Hall Theatre / 15:00

2022 / Ireland / 82 min / Documentary

Atomic Hope – Inside the Pro-Nuclear Movement is an observational Irish feature documentary which follows a tiny group of highly unpopular “pro-nuclear” activists. They controversially believe we now need to urgently re-address our feelings on nuclear power if we are to have any hope of decarbonizing our energy systems before the effects of catastrophic climate change wreak havoc.

“Regardless of whether one is sceptical, in favour of or against the use of nuclear power, the documentary certainly delivers some interesting reflections about our future and the current climate crisis.” — Cineuropa

These advocates have been filmed internationally over a ten-year period, facing clashes and opposition at every juncture. A sordid history of nuclear meltdowns, radiation fears and nuclear waste are just some of the very serious issues traditional environmentalists have with this contentious technology. However, in the face of this pushback and conflict, they argue that, “science and data is all we have”. Their alarming call to action, while in tandem with Gretta’s global environmental demand for decarbonization, is drowned out in the streets. But for better or worse?

Irish Premiere

Followed by Q&A with director Frankie Fenton & contributors.

Director: Frankie Fenton
Producer: Kathryn Kennedy
Cast: Moto Yasu Kinoshita, John Kutsch, Eric Meyer, Michael Shellenberger, Iida Rushalme, Prof Jim Smith, Prof. Geraldine Thomas, Dr. Ben Heard & Madison Czerwinski

Principal funder