The Atom: A Love Affair (2019)

  • Documentary, F-Rated
  • 1h 32m

With a wealth of fantastic archive footage and a series of revealing interviews with those who had first hand experience, filmmaker Vicki Lesley tells the turbulent story of the West’s love-hate relationship with nuclear power over the past seventy years. Capturing both the tantalising promise and the repeated disappointments of this singular technology, the film reveals how the post-war, romantic fantasy of an atom-powered future developed into the stormy, on-off relationship still playing out today. A tale of scientific passion and political intrigue all wrapped up in the packaging of a sentimental screen melodrama.

Vicki Lesley’s entertaining documentary feels like that rarest of very rare things: a genuinely balanced engagement with a controversial issue. Bringing together activists, politicians, scientists and everyday citizens, The Atom: A Love Affair talks us through the ups and downs of nuclear power over the past three-quarters of a century.”- Donald Clarke, The Irish Times


Vicki Lesley


Vicki Lesley



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