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Let There Be Light

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

Dir. Mila Aung-Thwin, Van Royko | Canada | 2017 | 80 mins

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Is it possible to create an artificial sun? The race to find fossil-free energy sources has never been more intense, as many physicists and scientists speculate that this may be the only hope for future life on Earth.

Let There Be Light tells the incredible story of the most complex machine ever invented: the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), currently being built out of a million pieces in the south of France. The stakes are high as this project stands to either solve our energy problems or be the most expensive failure in history.

Meanwhile, set against the monstrous scale of this project and its science fiction–like qualities, maverick engineers in improvised laboratories also hustle to achieve the same results for a fraction of the cost. Told with eye-opening clarity, by many of the colourful inventors working in fusion today, Let There Be Light traverses fusion’s 60-year history of defiance and invention.

It is the rare documentary that tackles the its issues, not with an alarmist tone but with a realistic and inspiring assessment of the challenges necessary for us to escape our fate and to reach for the future.

The screening will be introduced by the Director, and followed by a panel discussion: Powering a changing world - the great energy debate.

Mila Aung-Thwin (Emmy Award-winning director) is a guest of the Festival.

This fascinating documentary about the quest for nuclear fusion as a silver bullet for the world’s energy thirst is at the same time informative and entertaining!
— Ryland Aldrich, Screen Anarchy

PANEL

Lane Crockett, Head of Renewable Infrastructure, Impact Investment Group Lane is head of the renewables business at the Impact Investment group, which has recently launched its $100M Solar Income Fund. The fund aggregates small utility solar farms to provide an investment opportunity in a diversified portfolio of contracted solar plants. Lane is a champion of the renewable energy industry. For the last 10 years he was the Executive General Manager for Pacific Hydro. Lane was responsible for leading the Australian business, having lead the growth of the company to become a clean energy utility with a portfolio of more than 300MW of operating wind and hydro power facilities and a growing base of retail electricity customers.

Lane Crockett, Head of Renewable Infrastructure, Impact Investment Group

Lane is head of the renewables business at the Impact Investment group, which has recently launched its $100M Solar Income Fund. The fund aggregates small utility solar farms to provide an investment opportunity in a diversified portfolio of contracted solar plants.

Lane is a champion of the renewable energy industry. For the last 10 years he was the Executive General Manager for Pacific Hydro. Lane was responsible for leading the Australian business, having lead the growth of the company to become a clean energy utility with a portfolio of more than 300MW of operating wind and hydro power facilities and a growing base of retail electricity customers.

Mila Aung-Thwin, Co-founder of EyeSteelFilm, Mila Aung-Thwin revels in the diverse documentary joys of writing, directing, producing, editing, selling and mentoring. He has produced more than 25 feature documentaries, including Up the Yangtze, Forest of the Dancing Spirits, and the Emmy Award-winning Last Train Home. He served as president for 5 years of RIDM, Montreal’s International documentary festival, as well as juror for the International Emmy Awards, AFI DOCS, the New Zealand Film Awards, and the Sundance Film Festival. He has also taught documentary film programs to students in places such as Inukjuak, Nunavik, and Yangon, Myanmar.

Mila Aung-Thwin,

Co-founder of EyeSteelFilm, Mila Aung-Thwin revels in the diverse documentary joys of writing, directing, producing, editing, selling and mentoring. He has produced more than 25 feature documentaries, including Up the Yangtze, Forest of the Dancing Spirits, and the Emmy Award-winning Last Train Home. He served as president for 5 years of RIDM, Montreal’s International documentary festival, as well as juror for the International Emmy Awards, AFI DOCS, the New Zealand Film Awards, and the Sundance Film Festival. He has also taught documentary film programs to students in places such as Inukjuak, Nunavik, and Yangon, Myanmar.

A/Prof Matthew Hole A/Prof. Matthew Hole is a Senior Fellow of the ANU and a fusion scientist. Matthew is the founding Chair of the Australian ITER Forum, a research network spanning over 180 scientists and engineers advocating Australian participation in ITER, the Australian member of the IAEA International Fusion Research Council, and an ITER Science Fellow appointed in 2017 by the ITER Director General.

A/Prof Matthew Hole

A/Prof. Matthew Hole is a Senior Fellow of the ANU and a fusion scientist. Matthew is the founding Chair of the Australian ITER Forum, a research network spanning over 180 scientists and engineers advocating Australian participation in ITER, the Australian member of the IAEA International Fusion Research Council, and an ITER Science Fellow appointed in 2017 by the ITER Director General.

Facilitator 

Stephanie Niall - University of Melbourne Stephanie and her husband, Nick, founded the Environmental Film Festival seven years ago; their first act was to google 'how to run a film festival' from their dining room table. She is a recovering lawyer, who has both studied and worked in climate change for almost 20 years, working in local, national and international forums as a researcher, consultant and policy-maker. She is currently a sessional lecturer in climate change law at the University of Melbourne and continues to work in climate change policy.

Stephanie Niall - University of Melbourne

Stephanie and her husband, Nick, founded the Environmental Film Festival seven years ago; their first act was to google 'how to run a film festival' from their dining room table. She is a recovering lawyer, who has both studied and worked in climate change for almost 20 years, working in local, national and international forums as a researcher, consultant and policy-maker. She is currently a sessional lecturer in climate change law at the University of Melbourne and continues to work in climate change policy.

Every feature length film at EFFA 2017 is screening with an Australian short. Shing Hei Ho's No Pain, No Train will screen before this session. Melbourne’s outer east is still waiting for their ride into town nearly five decades after the Rowville Rail was first proposed. 

EFFA is proud to support Canadian arts and film through a partnership with the High Commission of Canada in Australia.

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