Emma Thompson is ready to relate a function doc about Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, dubbed “probably the most harmful man in America” by then U.S. President Richard Nixon.
The Hollywood actress will lend her voice to director Paul Jay’s Methods to Cease a Nuclear Battle, which is predicated on the e book Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear Battle Planner by Ellsberg.
In intensive interviews with Jay for the function, Ellsberg explains the “institutional insanity” of American nuclear warfare plans and the way the Russian invasion of Ukraine has made the world way more harmful, in keeping with a synopsis by the filmmakers.
In a press release obtained by Latest Hollywood News, Thompson stated she had been terrified of nuclear weapons in her youth and took part in protests in opposition to their use, and feels a have to get energetic once more.
“Making the connection between the local weather disaster motion and the anti-nuclear motion has by no means been extra important. Between us, we are able to – to cite Ellsberg – stop this from occurring. We’ve to begin now, right now and by no means cease till these weapons have been outlawed for the murderous evil that they’re,” Thompson stated.
Ellsberg famously made copies of the Pentagon Papers and labeled nuclear paperwork through the Nixon administration and leaked the paperwork to the New York Occasions and different media shops in 1971. As a high-level Pentagon analyst, Ellsberg was charged by the U.S. with breaking the Espionage Act, however the case was dismissed due to authorities misconduct in evidence-gathering.
Within the upcoming function doc, nonetheless in manufacturing, Ellsberg warns that the nuclear weapons arsenals of the U.S. and Russia are nonetheless very a lot a risk to international peace and that an all-out nuclear warfare stays able to being launched from missile silos or submarines on a couple of minutes’ discover.
Jay, a veteran producer and co-founder of the Sizzling Docs Worldwide Documentary Competition, directed Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows. He’ll helm Methods to Cease Nuclear Battle, whereas Earl Katz (Hacking Democracy) and Rob Johnson (Taxi to the Darkish Aspect) will government produce.
Toronto-based Jay can also be founder, editor-in-chief and host of theAnalysis.information, a information evaluation service. He additionally government produced the CBC tv journal sequence CounterSpin and the TV sequence Present Me Yours.