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Minamata – Film Review

Palace Electric Canberra from 3 June 2021
2020, 115 minutes
Rated MA15+
Directed by Andrew Levitas

This moving film, based on real events and people, opens with a mother bathing her seriously deformed daughter.

It then takes us to 1971 New York, where, following his days as one of the most revered photojournalists of World War II, W. Eugene Smith (Johnny Depp) had become a recluse, disconnected from society and his career. But a commission from Life magazine editor Robert Hayes (Bill Nighy) sends him to the fishing village of Minamata, Japan, ravaged by mercury poisoning caused by decades of gross industrial negligence by the country’s Chisso Corporation.

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