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Dounreay Atomic Research Establishment, on the north coast of Caithness, Scotland, is a sprawling monument to solidity, optimism and analogue engineering. The intangible alchemies and sense of romantic science at its heart are trapped like amber in archive film and in its colossal structures. Over the last two years, unprecedented access to the facility and to the UKAEA Archive at Harwell have allowed Gair Dunlop to explore the dream and the consequences of high science in a remote community.
The film explores the stages of discovery, construction, scientific advance and slow fading of optimism.
Archive material from TV broadcasts, educational film, training videos and amateur film-makers are paralleled with contemporary HD video footage.