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The Devil We Know

  • ACMI Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourne Australia (map)

Dir. Stephanie Soechtig & Jeremy Seifert | USA | 2018 | 95 mins

In 1945, DuPont introduced Teflon to the marketplace and changed millions of American households. Today, a biopersistent chemical used in the creation of Teflon products (known as C8) can also be found in the bloodstream of 99% of all Americans. Investigating one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time, a group of citizens in West Virginia take on DuPont after they discover it has knowingly been dumping this toxic chemical into the drinking water supply. Directors Stephanie Soechtig and Jeremy Seifert deliver a compelling and ultimately terrifying investigative documentary that will make you question everything in your kitchen.

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This film will be followed by a panel discussion. The panel will include:

  • Paul Wright - RMIT

  • Clare Sheppard - Friends of Stony Creek

  • Hubert Algie - Kellehers Australia

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The Devil We Know will screen with Australian short film The Junkyard (7 mins) directed by by Roxanne Halley, Ash Jones & Clancy Walker.

EFFA Community Storytelling Project short film by WOCLE will also premier at this screening.

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  Paul Wright RMIT   Associate Professor Paul Wright is the toxicologist at RMIT University’s School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, at Bundoora in Melbourne, Australia. Over the last three decades, Paul has been actively researching, teaching and advising government, industry and public groups in Australia and overseas about toxicology and safety issues associated with the development and use of chemicals (natural and synthetic) and nanomaterials. Paul is a member of the Australasian College of Toxicology and Risk Assessment (ACTRA), and a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC, awarded for international toxicology education initiatives), and was formerly an elected director of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX).

Paul Wright
RMIT

Associate Professor Paul Wright is the toxicologist at RMIT University’s School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, at Bundoora in Melbourne, Australia. Over the last three decades, Paul has been actively researching, teaching and advising government, industry and public groups in Australia and overseas about toxicology and safety issues associated with the development and use of chemicals (natural and synthetic) and nanomaterials. Paul is a member of the Australasian College of Toxicology and Risk Assessment (ACTRA), and a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC, awarded for international toxicology education initiatives), and was formerly an elected director of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX).

  Hubert Algie Kellehers Australia   Hubert Algie is a planning and environment lawyer. He regularly appears as an advocate at Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Planning Panels Victoria in town planning, property, and environmental matters. He is the chair of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Environmental Issues Committee. He guest lectures at Humboldt University (Germany) on mediation and negotiation and is also a sessional tutor at Melbourne University on Planning Law and Statutory Planning. In 2016 he was awarded the Victorian Planning Environmental Law Association (VPELA) Young Professional of the Year, to focus on the role ‘Significant Social Effect’ within the Planning and Environment Act.

Hubert Algie
Kellehers Australia

Hubert Algie is a planning and environment lawyer. He regularly appears as an advocate at Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Planning Panels Victoria in town planning, property, and environmental matters. He is the chair of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Environmental Issues Committee. He guest lectures at Humboldt University (Germany) on mediation and negotiation and is also a sessional tutor at Melbourne University on Planning Law and Statutory Planning. In 2016 he was awarded the Victorian Planning Environmental Law Association (VPELA) Young Professional of the Year, to focus on the role ‘Significant Social Effect’ within the Planning and Environment Act.

  Clare Sheppard - Friends of Stony Creek   Clare was born in Melbourne and has lived here all her life. She studied Chemical Engineering/Science at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1999. Her career has mostly been in design of natural gas processing facilities and her current project is for power generation from waste from a sugar mill. She has lived in West Footscray for 14 years with husband and later two children. She has been involved with Friends of Stony Creek for about 12 years, attending committee meetings, planting and clean up days as well as community engagement opportunities.

Clare Sheppard - Friends of Stony Creek

Clare was born in Melbourne and has lived here all her life. She studied Chemical Engineering/Science at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1999. Her career has mostly been in design of natural gas processing facilities and her current project is for power generation from waste from a sugar mill. She has lived in West Footscray for 14 years with husband and later two children. She has been involved with Friends of Stony Creek for about 12 years, attending committee meetings, planting and clean up days as well as community engagement opportunities.

  Chris Lassig Moderator   Chris Lassig is a science communicator and broadcaster. With a PhD in particle physics, he uses his research background to translate science into practical information for consumers and health professionals. Since 2011, Chris has been one of the hosts of the long-running community radio program and podcast "Lost in Science". He regularly performs on stage, with sold-out shows at the Melbourne Fringe and Comedy Festivals, and he is currently working on a graphic novel about Isaac Newton's niece.

Chris Lassig
Moderator

Chris Lassig is a science communicator and broadcaster. With a PhD in particle physics, he uses his research background to translate science into practical information for consumers and health professionals. Since 2011, Chris has been one of the hosts of the long-running community radio program and podcast "Lost in Science". He regularly performs on stage, with sold-out shows at the Melbourne Fringe and Comedy Festivals, and he is currently working on a graphic novel about Isaac Newton's niece.

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