Harrison Ford & More to Celebrate 'Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World'
Katharine "Kat" Kramer, producer of Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World, will celebrate the film series' Fifth Anniversary on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by presenting a one night only screening of the North American Premiere of FALLOUT, the new critically acclaimed documentary film about Nuclear Holocaust produced by Rough Trade Pictures in association Screen Australia and Film Victoria.
FALLOUT explores the mythology and reality of international bestselling novelist's, Nevil Shute's On The Beach and Stanley Kramer's film adaptation of the novel, which was filmed in Melbourne, Australia in 1959 starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins and Donna Anderson.
The film screening with be preceded by Keynote Speaker for the evening, Dr. Helen Caldicott, a renowned Anti-Nuclear Activist who was the subject of the 1982 Academy Award-winning documentary short film, If You Love This Planet. Dr. Caldicott will be introduced by a special surprise high profile guest.
Following the screening of the film, Katharine "Kat" Kramer will moderate a Panel Discussion with Dr. Helen Caldicott, actress Donna Anderson (who appeared in the movie, On The Beach and in FALLOUT), Louis Gossett, Jr. (Academy Awardâ-winning actor, An Officer And A Gentleman), Ric O'Barry (who appeared in the Academy Award-winning film, The Cove), Karen Sharpe Kramer (Golden Globe Award-winning actress for Most Promising Newcomer - Female in 1955 who appears in FALLOUT) and Heather Mayfield (the daughter of novelist Nevil Shute who appears in FALLOUT).
Katharine "Kat" Kramer said: "I am very excited to present Dr. Helen Caldicott as the Keynote Speaker on the Fifth Anniversary of my film series. I believe this year's film and discussion will be very informative and insightful, most particularly for students, educators and film buffs who have an interest in the subject matter of the film which address nuclear awareness and disarmament."
Other VIPS who will be in attendance at the event include: Ed Asner, George Chakiris, Mike Farrell, Pete Hammond, Marsha Hunt, Rick Overton, Mark Rydell, Lily Tomlin, Beverly Todd and Glynn Turman. Honorary Event Committee Members include: Ed Begley, Jr., Harrison Ford, Sharon Stone and Billy Bob Thornton.
Although this event is primarily a film industry salon, a limited number of free tickets will be available to the general public on a first come, first served basis by calling KNK Productions Inc. in advance at 818-760-3106, or Efirstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone must be on the guest list in advance for admittance into the actual event, due to limited seating. The event will be held at the Cannon USA, Inc. Screening Room, adjacent to the Stanley Kramer Screening Room, located on the Sunset-Gower Studios' lot, where Stanley Kramer once filmed 15 of his 35 movies when the studio was known as Columbia Pictures. This event is also being held in celebration of Katharine "Kat" Kramer's father, the late award-winning producer/director Stanley Kramer's Centennial birth year. To learn more, please visit www.stanleykramer100.com.
The Cannon USA, Inc. Screening Room is located at 6060 Sunset Boulevard (near Gower Street), Hollywood, CA 90028. Arrivals will begin at 6:00 pm., followed by a Reception at 6:30 p.m., with the Program commencing at 7:30 p.m. Following the Panel Discussion, Dr. Helen Caldicott will be available to sign copies of some of her books, including "Loving This Planet," "A Desperate Passion," "The New Nuclear Danger," "Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer," "If You Love This Planet" and "War In Heaven,"which will all be available for sale. To view the trailer for FALLOUT, please visit the website, http://youtu.be/F0AG6vDIxrc. To learn more, please visit www.katkramersfilmsthatchangetheworld.com and www.helencaldicott.com.
More About The Film, FALLOUT, the Novelist, Nevil Shute and the Filmmaker Stanley Kramer:
FALLOUT, an 86-minute film, is written, directed and co-produced by Lawrence Johnson (Eternity, Life, Night) and produced and co-written by Peter Kaufman (Slipped, Insatiable, On The Side of the Angels). The film received its World Premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival in Australia on July 28, 2013 to critical acclaim.
- "FALLOUT is TERRIFIC." - ABC - At The Movies
- "Here's another example of an excellent movie....The director's artful use of archival footage is impressive flowing along almost seamlessly with the main narrative. The film hits a nerve from the opening scene in which J.F.K. contemplates in a speech the possibility of nuclear annihilation...." - Cinephilia
- "FALLOUT examines the life of English novelist and engineer, Nevil Shute, and his untold story of bringing awareness to the implications of nuclear war. FALLOUT makes the right decision on giving sound documentation to this aspect without overdoing it. FALLOUT is a wonderful journey through history."
- Melbourne Film Festival Review
- "Lawrence Johnston's documentary FALLOUT skillfully weaves together several narrative strands related to On The Beach, the novel and the film. There is an account of best-selling author Nevil Shute, whose contemplation of atomic war produced a book with a vision of the future that still resonates. There is the reality of nuclear attack, as it was experienced in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The film has an involving sense of urgency as well as reflection and reconsideration: it's a story about the past but also about the present and future." - Brisbane Times
- "Drawing upon extensive archival footage and some clips from the actual film as well as production material, Australian filmmaker Lawrence Johnston (Eternity, Night, etc.) has assembled a fascinating, intelligent and very informative behind the scenes documentary about the film and controversy it caused. Not only is this terrific documentary a look behind the scenes of the making of a historically significant film, it is also a study of the impact the bomb has had on the 20th century as well. There are revealing interviews with (Stanley) Kramer's widow as well as (Nevil) Shute's daughter, and author and journalist Gideon Haigh, who provides a wealth of information about Shute and his engineering background and his novels. The title itself is clever as it contains a number of ramifications including nuclear fallout as well as the disagreement between Shute and Kramer over the film. One of the very best documentaries of the year, and a must see for film lovers!" - Sydney Morning Herald
Nevil Norway worked as an aeronautical engineer by day and wrote novels as night under the pseudonym of Nevil Shute. During WWII Nevil Norway worked for the United Kingdom's Department of Miscellaneous Weapons where he developed secret weapons used against Germany and its civilians. The role of scientists in the abject horror of war and finally the atom bombs dropped on Japan, challenged Shute's conscience leading him to depict the devastating impact of a nuclear war in On The Beach, one of the most significant end of the world anti-war novels of the 20th century.
In 1957 on its release in the United States One The Beach had a huge impact selling four million copies. It caught the eye of producer and director Stanley Kramer who recognized the strength of the material. He optioned the novel immediately. On The Beach was the first Hollywood film to be shot in Australia and was set in Melbourne, Shute's new home following his relocation to Australia in 1950. It was to star Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins, and newcomer Donna Anderson.
The Eisenhower Government fearing an American public becoming knowledgeable to the reality of nuclear was attempted to discredit everything to do with Kramer's film and refused him permission to use a U.S. submarine. However, Australia's Prime Minister Menzies believed the publicity for Australia would be beneficial and allowed access to an Australian Navy aircraft carrier for the film's production.
Initially the collaboration between Kramer and Shute was harmonious. However Shute was to express displeasure with several aspects of Kramer's interpretation, in particular the depiction of the relationship between the Ava Gardner's and Gregory Peck's characters and the use of American actors and not Australians.
Nevil Shute died a little more than a month after the film's completion from a major stroke in 1960. When On The Beach was released in 1981 it premiered simultaneously in 16 cities throughout the world - from London to Tokyo, Los Angeles to Rome, New York to Melbourne. It also screened in Moscow and as such was the first American film to be seen in the Soviet Union.
FALLOUT is a timely reminded of the precarious nuclear proliferation, and of Nevile Shute's prophetic vision.
More About The Event Keynote Speaker, Dr. Helen Caldicott: