Silent Storm

Silent Storm

Streaming Video - 2015
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In 2001 scientists in a Melbourne laboratory made a startling discovery. They found thousands of jars of ashed human bone, which had been stored for up to 40 years. All contained evidence of one of the most dangerous poisons on earth - Strontium 90, a by-product of nuclear testing that can cause bone cancer and leukemia. All had been collected during autopsies, without consent. Silent Storm reveals the story behind this astonishing case of officially sanctioned "body-snatching". Set against a backdrop of the Cold War, the saga follows celebrated scientist Hedley Marston's attempt to blow the whistle on radioactive fallout from the British atomic tests in Australia. Cities and grazing land have been contaminated, he claims. Strontium 90 was in the milk supply. Marston's findings were not only disputed, he was targeted as "a scientist of counter-espionage interest". Yet the government's own bone surveys proved his assertion right. Despite attempts to bury the information, debate continues to rage. Is there a safe level of radioactive fallout? And what could the health consequences be for the generations of people exposed to Strontium 90? A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced in association with SBS Independent. Copyright - 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Executive Producer: Anna Grieve Producer: Peter Butt, Rob McAuley Director: Peter Butt Writer: Peter Butt DOP/Cinematographer: Calvin Gardiner Narrator/Presenter: Paula Arundell Principal Cast: Bille Brown (Hedley Marston)
Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015
Branch Call Number: Streaming Video
Characteristics: 1 online resource (streaming video file)
Additional Contributors: Kanopy (Firm)


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