“Fallout” a film for today, about an old film on nuclear war
Back then we were closer to WWII and the bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We knew the destructive power. Now, time blurs memories and people don’t realize how devastating those weapons are. The kilotons in nuclear bombs today dwarf the power of nuclear bombs when we grew up. ……..
Thanks Kat for bringing awareness in an industry that is more prone to “Hangover III” than hard-hitting documentaries.
When ActivistsMake Movies: The Nuclear Arms Race is Relevant Again With ‘Fallout’ The Wrap, HOLLYBLOGS | ByRichard Stellar on December 10, 2013 The documentary details the making of Stanley Kramer’s epic “On the Beach”
Below – Lily Tomlin, Dr Helen Caldicott, Kat Kramer, Karen Kramer
You wouldn’t know that Kat Kramer was an activist. The daughter of director Stanley Kramer (above, second from right) looks as if she’d be more comfortable on the cover of Vogue than she would in a cramped editing room, poring over footage of films that, in her estimation, “change the world.”
One such film that efforts to do just that premiered a few weeks ago at the famed Sunset-Gower Studios lot,…… “Fallout” details the making of Stanley Kramer’s epic “On the Beach” — adapted from the fertile mind of Nevil Shute’s novel of a post-apocalyptic world ……..“Fallout” is about a movie about “the bomb” — and its relevance to today is staggering.
We have advanced, (or declined?) almost 60 years since “On the Beach” was made. ……..It wasn’t enough for Kat Kramer to screen the film. She brought in Dr. Helen Caldicott (above, second from left), a stern, school-marmish woman who for over 40 years has defined the term “activist.” Dr. Caldicott’s no stranger to the threat of nuclear terror. Following the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, Dr. Caldicott left her well-established medical career to concentrate on calling the world’s attention to what she refers to as the “insanity” of the nuclear arms race and our growing reliance on nuclear power.
In a furtive meeting of the minds where nuclear activist joins forces with entertainment industry activist, sparks fly without the help of nuclear fission. And so it was at the “Fallout” premiere……..
Kat Kramer seems not to suffer fools gladly, and seems to be usually on the receiving end of criticism. Some people don’t get it. As a woman in a male-dominated industry, she is able to navigate the waters of advocacy like she navigates the red carpet. Her series, “Kat Kramer’s Films That Change The World,” has changed the world. Like the film “Fallout,” the contemplation of what exactly would our world be like after a disaster is once again put on the front burner — and all it takes is one person to be singed by the truth for change to occur.
I asked the Beav how today is different from when we were kids, as far as the nuclear discussion goes:
“Back then we were closer to WWII and the bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We knew the destructive power. Now, time blurs memories and people don’t realize how devastating those weapons are. The kilotons in nuclear bombs today dwarf the power of nuclear bombs when we grew up. ……..
Thanks Kat for bringing awareness in an industry that is more prone to “Hangover III” than hard-hitting documentaries. http://www.thewrap.com/activists-make-movies-guest-blog-richard-stellar
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