Australia’s dark history of nuclear testing explored in new documentary

Avon Hudson.

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Accounts of a Nuclear Whistle Blower is a documentary that uncovers Australia’s dark history of nuclear testing.

In the film, Avon Hudson describes the atomic tests undertaken by the British Government within the area of Maralinga, SA, in the 1950’s and 60s.

The film is an important reminder of this seemingly forgotten chapter of Australian history. Covertly undertaken at the time, these tests had devastating physical and social effects on the Maralinga Tjarutja people, citizens of the towns surrounding the test site, as well as members of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Accounts of a Nuclear Whistle Blower returns to Maralinga to explore this nuclear history that continues to echo into the present day, utilising archival footage and extensive interviews with nuclear activist and whistle blower Avon Hudson.

“What Avon knew, and was prepared to tell publicly about Maralinga, contributed to the establishment of the Royal Commission into British Nuclear Tests in Australia
(1984-85),” says photographer Jessie Boylan. “This Royal Commission, ultimately, led to the Australian Government paying the Maralinga Tjarutja people 13.5 million dollars in compensation.”

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“The catalyst for this project was viewing Lynette Wallworth’s virtual reality film Collisions, in late 2016,” says the film’s director, Naveed Farro. “I was invited to the opening by Curtis Taylor, the film’s narrator, and was shocked to hear Taylor’s grandfather, Nyarri Nyarri Morgan, describing in the film his first encounter with western civilisation; watching a nuclear test explosion at Maralinga. I found myself questioning how I had never heard of this devastating aspect of Australia’s history. This lead me on a path of research, learning more about the events at Maralinga and the impacts they continue to have today. I made contact with Photographer/Filmmaker, Jessie Boylan, who has created work in response to this chapter of Australian history. Boylan put me in contact with Avon Hudson. I travelled to Balaklava, SA, to interview Hudson and view his extensive archive.”

The key motivation for Naveed in making this documentary has been to educate as many young people as possible about the nuclear atrocities that took place within Australia at Maralinga.

The film is near completion, however, there are still a few hurdles in order to showcase it at film festivals. This fundraiser will help with final post-production tasks such as audio mastering, ABC archival rights, music licensing, and festival entry fees.

You can help enlighten Australian and international audiences to this important chapter of Australia’s nuclear history by donating to the film’s crowdfunding campaign here.

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