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144 The Loch Long Monster
Nuclear disarmament, the Scottish way


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Overview

Genre

Current Affairs, Environment, Human Rights, and Politics

Synopsis

"People come to Scotland to see the Loch Ness Monster," says the hotel owner on the west coast, "but the real monster is at my doorstep." He is referring to the British Trident nuclear submarines and their deadly nuclear missiles.

The peace movement has protested and petitioned for decades, but does not ever seem to get very far using these methods alone. The new option, according to activists from 'Trident Ploughshares', is "people's disarmament".

Any method used to "disarm" Trident is acceptable, as long as it does not endanger or harm anybody. Members of the 'Ploughshares' cut the fences of the submarine bases, they swim up to the submarines to dismantle test equipment, and they sink computers from floating laboratories into the sea.

They always wait to be arrested. In hundreds of court cases, they have justified their actions as "preventing the greater crime" – nuclear war. Some have resulted in groundbreaking acquittals.

Stage

finished

Running time

59 or 25 minutes

Credits

Ben Kempas ... Director, Co-Director of Photography

Eddie Schneidermeier ... Director of Photography

Eva Stotz ... Sound Recordist, Assistant Editor

Andrea Ferrando ... Sound Recordist

Jim Loomis ... Sound Recordist

Jo Jackson ... Sound Recordist

Stan Blackley ... Narrator, Production Assistant

Lara Celini ... Production Assistant

Gerhard Auer ... Sound Mix

Gerd Ruge ... Producer for HFF Munich

Irini Karistianou ... Producer for HFF Munich

Uwe Lothar Müller ... Commissioning Editor for ARTE Reportage

Production Details

Prod. Co.

HFF München/expressive.tv (59'), ARTE/expressive.tv (25')

Country

Germany

Production years

2000 to 2002

Locations

Faslane, Coulport, Helensburgh, Edinburgh, Glasgow (all in Scotland)

Distribution Details

Release year

2001

Festivals

Dok.Fest Munich, Cinemambiente Turin, D.C. Independent Film Festival, Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival Seattle, further screenings in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Munich, Salzburg

Awards

Three protagonists received the Right Livelihood Award (better known as "Alternative Nobel Prize") in 2001.

Broadcast (Prod.)

ARTE G.E.I.E (reportage version)

Broadcast (Acq.)

YLE Finland

Language

English with narration in English, German, or French

Subtitles

German