[ASC-media] Silent Storm Premiere

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com
Wed Aug 18 01:17:06 EST 2004


Issued for Eckfactor - contact details below.



Thursday September 9 at 8.30pm on SBS


Did fallout from British nuclear testing in the 1950s contaminate
Australia's milk supply?  Filmmaker Peter Butt attempts to answer that
question in his documentary Silent Storm, which screens on Storyline
Australia, Thursday September 9 at 8.30pm on SBS.


In 2001, scientists in a Melbourne laboratory made a startling discovery.
They found thousands of jars of ashed human bone, which had been stored for
up to 40 years.  All contained evidence of one of the most dangerous poisons
on earth - Strontium 90, a by-product of nuclear testing that can cause bone
cancer and leukemia.  All had been collected during autopsies, without


Silent Storm reveals the story behind this astonishing case of officially
sanctioned "body-snatching".  Set against a backdrop of the Cold War, the
saga follows celebrated scientist Hedley Marston's attempt to blow the
whistle on radioactive fallout from the British atomic tests in Australia.
Cities and grazing land had been contaminated, he claimed.  Strontium 90 was
in the milk supply.


Marston's findings were not only disputed, he was targeted as "a scientist
of counter-espionage interest".  Yet the government's own bone surveys
proved his assertion correct. 


Despite attempts to bury the information, debate continues to rage.  Is
there a safe level of radioactive fallout?  And what could the health
consequences be for the generations of people exposed to Strontium 90?


Silent Storm is based on hundreds of top-secret documents and Hedley
Marston's personal correspondence. It also features interviews with
scientists who worked with him on classified animal experiments during the
British atomic tests.  


Silent Storm is a Film Australia National Interest Program, produced in
association with SBS Independent.


For interviews and further information please contact:


Peter Ritchie

02 9327 3173/0413 602 337 

prpublicity at bigpond.com

For Film Australia 





Karen Eck

0438 532569

karen at eckfactor.com

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