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Let There Be Light

  • National Library of Australia Parkes Place West Parkes, ACT, 2600 Australia (map)

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

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The Environmental Film Festival will shine in Canberra on October 18, with a screening of Let There Be Light.

The library will host pre-drinks before the screening, and director Mila Aung-Thwin will be in attendance for a panel after the film.

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: Bright ideas - nuclear fusion and the future of energy.

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

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.

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.

Dr Matthew Stocks, ANU Dr Matthew Stocks is a Research Fellow ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science. He has more than 20 years research and development experience in renewable energy and photovoltaics. His particular interest is in high efficiency photovoltaic solar cells and integrating high amounts of renewable energy in Australia's electricity network. Previously Matthew was Chief Technologist at Origin Energy Solar and then Transform Solar, commercialising the ANU invented SLIVER solar cell technology.

Dr Matthew Stocks, ANU

Dr Matthew Stocks is a Research Fellow ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science. He has more than 20 years research and development experience in renewable energy and photovoltaics. His particular interest is in high efficiency photovoltaic solar cells and integrating high amounts of renewable energy in Australia's electricity network.

Previously Matthew was Chief Technologist at Origin Energy Solar and then Transform Solar, commercialising the ANU invented SLIVER solar cell technology.

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

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