Dark Waters
Dark Waters

Dark Waters

classified 12A


Please note: This was screened in Feb 2020

Todd Haynes
Anne Hathaway, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins
127 mins, 2019, USA
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Writer/director Todd Haynes (Carol, Far From Heaven) returns with the shocking and heroic true story of an attorney (Mark Ruffalo) who risks his career and family to expose a brazen and lengthy history of chemical waste pollution in West Virginia.

Based on a New York Times article, the story follows tenacious attorney Robert Bilott (Ruffalo), who investigates the unexplained deaths of his grandmother's neighbour's cattle. Thus begins a decades-long legal battle between Bilott and DuPont, a large chemical company who dumped toxic materials into local land for decades, poisoning not just animals, but people too. In the process Bilott risks everything - his future, his family, and his own life - to expose the truth.

Haynes and longtime cinematographer Ed Lachman have created a creepy, bleak palette for the film, with the pair saying they were inspired by classic 70s whistle-blower movies such as The Parallax View and Klute. The result is a riveting, responsible and deeply unsettling film about the search for justice, the boundaries of science, and a poisonous legal system.

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