Catch a panel discussion about nuclear weapons with the team from the bomb

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January 22, 2018
Sydney Festival
Don't miss this important work.

Tonight and tomorrow night, Carriageworks will host a special film and music experience: the bomb, an experimental documentary about the reality of the nuclear threat facing the world, with a thumping live soundtrack provided by electro-rock supergroup The Acid.

And if you head along to tonight’s (Tuesday 23 January) performance at 8pm, there’ll also be a panel discussion after the film with one of the film’s producers, two members of the band, and two expert campaigners against nuclear weapons, discussing Australia’s role in the nuclear debate and why it’s the most urgent issue of the next generation. Get energised and terrified at the same time.

the bomb panel discussion

9 – 9.30pm, 23 January, Carriageworks (after the 8pm performance)

Free for ticketholders

Panel members

Smriti Keshari

Smriti Keshari is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, and director. Her work explores under-represented perspectives and stories outside the mainstream, which seek to inspire social change. Most recently, Keshari was a producer of Food Chains, a documentary that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014.

Narrated by Forrest Whitaker and featuring commentary by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser, it examined the plight of migrant farm workers in the United States. Receiving praise from The New York Times, the film helped the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to reach a landmark agreement with Wal-Mart and win the 2014 Clinton Global Citizen Award.

Adam Freeland

Adam Freeland’s name has been synonymous with pioneering quality, innovative music for two decades. You may know him for his role as one-third of the state-of-the-art pop trio ‘The Acid’, as a young A&R in the 90s a for the legendary techno label R&S records, a Grammy nominated producer, his counterculture hit record We Want Your Soul, or as founder of Marine Parade records.

However, Adam is perhaps best known and most experienced a DJ. 10 years resident at London's legendary Fabric, he’s played almost every club and festival worth mentioning on the planet, and yet you still never know what you’ll hear at a Freeland gig. If you listen to his legendary BBC Essential mixes, his eclectic Back to Mine compilation or his recent deep electronic mixes on SoundzCloud, it’s obvious that his musical passion runs way deeper than passing dance-music genres and trends.


Originating from Australia and now based in LA, artist and producer RY X has been making waves since his debut EP Berlin entered the public consciousness in late 2014, powered by the sleeper success of the set’s title track. RY X’s momentum has continued alongside the release of highly acclaimed albums and touring by his projects The Acid and Howling.

Emma Belcher

Emma Belcher is Director of the International Peace and Security program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. With a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Emma has served at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow. She has also worked as an advisor in Australia’s Department of the Prime Minister and as a public affairs officer at the Australian embassy in Washington, D.C. Belcher now serves on the advisory committee of N Square - an initiative to promote innovation in the nuclear realm. Belcher has been recognised as an Emerging Leader at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in 2014-2016.

Robert Tickner

Robert Ticker is an ICAN Ambassador, who has been campaigning against nuclear weapons since he was in his early 20s, firstly as an activist in the environmental movement and then as a Federal Labor MP, where he was the convenor of Labor Parliamentarians for a nuclear free Australia.

Later as the CEO of Australian Red Cross he spoke on behalf of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation at the three international humanitarian conferences in Norway, Mexico and Austria, which led to the negotiation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.


Paul Brown

Producer for Alphaville, a Sydney-based arts company specialising in creative projects that have environmental, scientific and social themes. From 2013-17 he was Creative Producer for the international Nuclear Futures Partnership Initiative that linked artists with atomic survivor communities. Paul holds an honorary position in Environment and Society at University of New South Wales.

He is a playwright and filmmaker, a former geologist, and specialist in environmental education. Recent productions include the immersive projections 10 Minutes to Midnight and Ngurini (Searching) which convey the experience of British nuclear weapons tests at Maralinga, from the military veterans and indigenous Australian perspectives.


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