Atomic Hope: Inside the Pro-Nuclear Movement

‘Atomic Hope’ follows a tiny global movement of unpopular pro-nuclear activists, who strongly believe we need nuclear power in order to decarbonize our energy systems, before catastrophic climate change occurs.

Intimately filmed over a ten year period, these advocates for nuclear energy come from all over the world; from Japan to Switzerland, America to Australia. But these individual activists face clashes and opposition at every juncture. Nuclear meltdowns, costs, radiation fears and nuclear waste are just some of the very serious issues which traditional environmentalists have against this technology.

However in the face of this pushback and conflict, they argue that “science and data is all we have”. It’s the science they base their environmental movement on, which directly challenges popular beliefs and myths around nuclear energy and these prevailing issues.

So are they right? In the face of a very real climate emergency, with time ticking towards irreversible climate change – is it now time that people around the world pause to take a sober look at the science, stop the mass closure of nuclear power plants and fully reconsider nuclear energy as a viable solution to this ensuing catastrophe?

“Powerful, convincing.”

– ★★★★☆ – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Thought-provoking, a fascinating film.”

– ★★★★☆ – Declan Burke, The Irish Examiner

“Lucid, informative, splendid.”

– ★★★★☆ – Tara Brady, The Irish Times

“Refreshing, compelling, a genuine work of passion.”

– ★★★★☆ – Dan Green, Roobla


– 3.5 – Gareth O’Connor, Movies. ie


– ★★★☆ – John Mcguire, RTE Arena

“A fascinating film.”

– FILM OF THE WEEK – Maria Duarte, The Morning Star


  • Year: 2022
  • Duration: 83 & 52 mins
  • Production: Kennedy Films
  • Director: Frankie Fenton
  • Available Versions: ENG
  • Country of production: Ireland


  • Winner of Science Film Festival Technology Award 2023 THAILAND- HotDocs 2022 CANADA - Galway Film Fleadh 2022 IRELAND - IFI Documentary Festival 2022 IRELAND - Matsalu Nature Film Festival 2022 ESTONIA - Festival des Libertés 2022 BELGIUM - Solidarity Tel Aviv Film Festival 2022 ISRAEL - #LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival 2023 SPAIN - Salt Spring Film Festival 2023 CANADA - International Uranium Film Festival 2023 BRAZIL - CPH:Dox 2023 DENMARK - Docs Ireland 2023 IRELAND - Atlantida Film Festival 2023 SPAIN - CITIIS-Urban Climate Film Festival 2023 INDIA - Seoul Larkspur International Film Festival 2023 SOUTH KOREA - International Uranium Film Festival Düsseldorf 2023 - GERMANY