Let There be Light
Published in the Research School of Physics Event Horizon
Vol43 Issue38 9–13 October 2017
The High Commission of Canada and the Environmental Film Festival are joining forces for a Special Event Screening of Canadian film Let There Be Light at the National Library of Australia on Wednesday, October 18, from 5.30pm. The documentary focuses on the race to find fossil fuel free energy and an attempt to build the world’s first ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor).
Tickets to the Special Event Screening only cost $10 (plus booking fee) and include entry to a welcome reception (5.30-6pm), film screening (6.15pm) and panel discussion (7.50pm) featuring the film’s Canadian director Mila Aung-Thwin. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite at the following link: https://effa-ltbl-canberra.eventbrite.com
Let there Be Light Synopsis
Is it possible to create an artificial sun? The race to find fossil-free energy sources has never been more intense, as many physicists and scientists speculate that this may be the only hope for future life on Earth.
Let There Be Light tells the incredible story of the most complex machine ever invented: the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), currently being built out of a million pieces in the south of France. The stakes are high as this project stands to either solve our energy problems or be the most expensive failure in history.
Meanwhile, set against the monstrous scale of this project and its science fiction–like qualities, maverick engineers in improvised laboratories also hustle to achieve the same results for a fraction of the cost. Told with eye-opening clarity, by many of the colourful inventors working in fusion today, Let There Be Light traverses fusion’s 60-year history of defiance and invention.
It is the rare documentary that tackles its issues, not with an alarmist tone but with a realistic and inspiring assessment of the challenges necessary for us to escape our fate and to reach for the future.