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Story of David Bradbury’s nuclear/uranium journey on film

A first wave of David Bradbury’s critically acclaimed filmography is now available for immediate streaming video on


ON THE FRONTLINE: A ScreenZone interview with David Bradbury, 15 Jan 13   “……DB: My current film examines the three stages of the nuclear film cycle on a very personal level. It started when I met an aboriginal woman called Isabelle Dingamah (sic) about four years ago, and I started to film her story. She is one of the traditional custodians of the land at Roxby [Downs]. As a little girl she’d had the British atom bomb dropped on her and her family when she was 18-months-old. It’s kind of Shakespearian.

It’s unfolded organically, which is how I make my documentaries, and filmed as I go. That led me to a struggle by the people in South Australia, the aboriginal people, which had divided the community into those who put their hand up and said they were traditional owners of the land, we can speak on behalf of land and grab the crumbs of BHP Billiton and that the government’s prepared to give us under the Native Title Process to sell our land out from our elders, sell our ancestors short. Now [on the other hand] Isabelle’s never sold her people short, never sold her ancestors short. And consequently she was marginalized.

That then led me into the Lizard’s Revenge‘ [party-protest] in the middle of this year and seeing what around 200-mainly-young people in their late teens and early twenties were doing, as well as some gray nomads that had turned up as well on the invitation of [elder] Kevin Buzzacott to oppose the opening up of the Olympic Dam and the selling of more uranium overseas.

We’ve known for a while what that means for the tragic consequences for people in areas like India, China, Ghanna, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Russia, Europe, Japan, etc. There the uranium that was sold from Jabiru–which I made a film about, my first anti-nuclear documentary in 1996/7, Jabiluka–which helped stop that uranium mine. But the uranium that was already being exported from there by Rio Tinto, the second largest uranium miner in the world, went to fuel Fukushima, where the disasterous consequences have been felt by the Japanese people.

I have had the privilege and felt the love and respect of the Japanese people who chaperoned we around their country when I made my film A Hard Rain  in 2005/6, when we thought we were going to get up to 25 nuclear power plants courtesy of John Howard, on the Australian mainland.

Another angle of the documentary is a look at what depleted uranium means for the people on the ground in Iraq, where the babies are being born [deformed]. Our uranium ends up in bullets and bombs, in anti-tank rounds, as was fired in the first and second Gulf Wars, and now it’s leading to disasterous effects on the babies of Basra, Baghdad and Fallujah, etc.

I’ll be going back there with a Christian Social Activist, Donna Mullhearn, to show what I know academically speaking. I had photographs of the [depleted uranium effects] in my film Blowin’ in the Wind and know what that does on the ground to the families and to the kids themselves that have been buried. I’ve been told by Donna, who has made three trips to Fallujah, that they’ve turned the football stadium into a cemetery for kids and babies because they can no longer fit them in the [usual] cemetery due to all the kids that have died from the depleted uranium…..

So for me it’s a bit of a psychological and a physical challenge. I’m aware from covering warzones, from the post-Vietnam war days to Central America, Nicaragua and so on, going off to East Timor and West Papua… I’m fully aware as a father of five healthy loving kids whom I love and don’t want to leave behind without a dad, that there’s a possibility of having my limbs and balls blow off–to put it mildly. There’s the roadside bombs in Fallujah, or the [danger] of being kidnapped. Donna’s been kidnapped twice now by AlQaeda and she now carries a ‘kidnap kit’ which says in Arabic “I do not agree with the American invasion  … and I’m here basically for the kids and the parents of those kids that try to tell their story face-to-face.”

The uranium that goes to fuel the depleted uranium bombs, bullets, anti-tank rounds and missiles in Iraq is creating that legacy of little kids that are just heinously deformed………

A first wave of David Bradbury’s critically acclaimed filmography is now available for immediate streaming video on

January 3, 2013  

January 17, 2013 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, media, Resources

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