Countdown to Zero + Q&A

Director Lucy Walker talks to CEO and Creative Director of Birds Eye View Rachel Millward about her terrifying new documentary at its preview during the 2011 Birds Eye View Film Festival. With Countdown to Zero, Walker reveals that she felt hugely responsible for verisimilitude in representing the nuclear threat, leading with the facts and expert knowledge rather than fear mongering or conjecture. After being approached by Participant Media with the project, Walker enjoyed the freedom she was given to get to grips with the subject, and she indicates that it was only during the editing process that the film became a campaign against nuclear weapons. Walker discusses whether she thinks there will actually be policy changes in the wake of her film, revealing that revisions to the START Treaty (for Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) are currently underway.



 

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