Could nuclear energy be the solution to the climate crisis? ATOMIC HOPE, which is directed by the award-winning filmmaker Frankie Fenton (It’s Not Yet Dark) and produced by Kathryn Kennedy for Kennedy Films (My Name is Emily, It’s Not Yet Dark), explores this very question. The film is an observational documentary which follows a tiny group of highly unpopular “pro-nuclear” activists who controversially believe we now need to urgently re-address our feelings on nuclear power if we are to have any hope of decarbonizing our energy systems before the effects of catastrophic climate change wreak havoc. These advocates have been filmed internationally over a 10-year period, facing clashes and opposition at every juncture. A sordid history of nuclear meltdowns, radiation fears and nuclear waste are just some of the very serious issues traditional environmentalists have with this contentious technology. However, in the face of this pushback and conflict, they argue that, “science and data is all we have”. Their alarming call to action, while in tandem with Greta’s global environmental demand for decarbonization, is drowned out in the streets. But for better or worse?

Atomic Hope


1h 22m

Director: Frankie Fenton

UK Release: Cinemas 17th February 2023