Unstable elements

United Kingdom, 1985

Film
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Using revealing interviews with prominent scientists, and extraordinary newsreels from the 1940s and 1950s, “Unstable Elements” traces the history of nuclear Britain. Combining several stories in one film, this film also examines - through its fictional part - the way the tunnel vision of the atomic scientists is reflected in family life. A film for a wide audience.

Credits

co-producer

Andy Metcalf

Gillian Slovo

production company

Newsreel Collective

Duration

01:32:09:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1985

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

34041

Language

English

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Nuclear industry

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Great Britain

Archival, Cinemagazines & Newsreels

Archival, Cinemagazines & Newsreels → Archival materials

Archival, Cinemagazines & Newsreels → Interviews

Archival, Cinemagazines & Newsreels → Newsreels - Great Britain

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Military art and science - History

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Nuclear weapons

Documentary

Documentary → Docudrama

Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

History → Great Britain - History - 20th century

History → History

History → Military art and science - History

History → Science and civilization

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Discoveries (in science)

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Nuclear industry

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Science - Experiments

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Science - History

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Science and civilization

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Scientists

Places → Great Britain

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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