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Two Minutes to Midnight

This generation has never lived through a catastrophic, modern nuclear strike, and never want to.


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  • DIRECTOR Darren Vukasinovic

  • PRODUCER Mike Munro and Zoë Hogan



The Doomsday Clock, established by atomic scientists in the shadow of WW2 nuclear warfare, summates leading academic thinking into a single expression: how close to global destruction (midnight) are we?

Every year the hands move; historically the ’62 Cold War Cuban missile crisis was the closest. In 2018 the clock returned to the same position: 2 Minutes to Midnight – fuelled by nuclear weapons rhetoric between major superpowers and unchecked social media.

Modern nuclear weapons are 100’s of times the magnitude of those first used in the 1940s. This mini-series and VR experience distils historical experience with modern scientific and geopolitical knowledge and then takes us to an unimaginable future: a modern use of nuclear weapons.

We visit all four corners of the globe, bringing science into perspective through human portraits of survival: from day zero to years beyond, we demonstrate how airborne radiation and nuclear winter present threats to the planet and to humankind.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Public awareness of the impact of modern nuclear warfare is concerningly limited, largely based on WW2. But historic nuclear weapons hold little comparison to advanced, multi-missile nuclear warheads of present day.

Nuclear fall-out affects people of all ages, race, gender and class, alongside animal life and the environment we share. In academic circles, alarm bells are ringing. The effects of just 2 or 3 modern nuclear strikes would be devastating to global ecosystems.

Alongside this threat is the deterioration in non-proliferation efforts, countries increasing their nuclear arsenals and reckless political rhetoric. The 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has been signed by 70 nations and ratified by 26 of 50 member countries required to enter into force and outlaw nuclear weapon programmes.

Current media no longer openly condemn nuclear threats and social media plays down the risks of nuclear weaponry. No wonder the hands have moved closer to Midnight.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

The documentary and VR experience aim to bring conversations around the potential for nuclear war to the foreground of democratic debate. Our ambition is not to sensationalise this possibility, but to show how drastically the planet could be damaged and why such nuclear strikes should never be allowed to occur.
We aim to contribute to an increased public and media awareness around the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
We aim to have the Doomsday clock no longer set at two minutes to midnight.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

Our documentary and VR experience aims to show how drastically the planet could be permanently damaged and why such nuclear strikes should never be allowed to occur.

Core objectives of both the documentary and VR experience are to:
- Support non-governmental campaign efforts to positively educate and influence policy makers and the general public in the global threat posed by nuclear weapons
- Create awareness and meaningful social and political activism to progress the abolishment of nuclear weapons and establish unliteral agreements to make nuclear weapons illegal (as we have biological warfare)

We hope to motivate our audience to:
- Reach out to our partner charities and campaign organisations.
- Find out how they can make their opinions on Nuclear Weaponry heard by their democratically elected leaders and policy makers
- Sign petitions, speak out on social media and engage in other democratic means to lobby against the rise of Nuclear arming and aggression


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

ICAN’s international network of scientists and experts in nuclear weapons have been engaged to support us in development of both the documentary and VR scripts and storyboards; to ensure that our scientific, mathematical and environmental predictions and modelling are accurate.

Their co-operation extends to introductions for assistance to key partners that work with ICAN, such as the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility and the Red Cross.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

It’s important to note that while the subject matter can be perceived as gloomy, we want to empower audiences to take positive action as a result of viewing the documentaries and/or VR experience. When the audience take off the VR headset, or the documentary finishes
and they ask what she or he can do to help, we will direct them to:
1. Become members of one of our campaign partners and get involved in that organisation’s lobbying and public awareness campaigns
2. Talk about the documentary/VR experience on social media and in their immediate sphere of influence.
3. Arrange screenings in their community, schools and places of worship.
4. Write to their local MP’s/congress members asking them to engage in discussions around nuclear proliferation in the political arena. (Working with our campaign partners who will help direct audiences to their local MPs and advise how to contact them).

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Short – med-term: on film release and ongoing over 6 months of engagement program:
- Increased social media conversation, media and democratic debate around the rise in Nuclear Proliferation.
This will be tracked through social media monitoring and search engine monitoring (with support from search engine platforms)

Medium term: up to 2 years:
- Increased awareness of relevant charities such as our partners ICAN and MWAP and increased membership and support for these charities in their lobbying and awareness campaigns.
- Our partner charities receive increased invites for their engagement at key political and media events.

Long-term: ongoing
- Increased discussion across mainstream media and geopolitical landscape on the abolishment of nuclear weapons
- Progress in the abolishment of nuclear weapons and establishment unilateral agreements to make nuclear weapons illegal (as we have biological warfare).