zaterdag 14 augustus 2010

Silent storm

Did fallout from British nuclear testing in the 1950s contaminate Australia's milk supply? In 2001, scientists in a Melbourne laboratory made the startling discovery of thousands of jars of human bone in ashes, 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 leukaemia. All had been collected during autopsies, without consent. This documentary 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 had been contaminated, and Strontium 90 was in the milk supply, he claimed. Based on hundreds of top-secret documents and Hedley Marston's personal correspondence, this film features interviews with scientists who worked with him on classified animal experiments during the British atomic tests.

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