About the film

Countdown to Zero is directed by Lucy Walker and produced by the Academy Award winning producers of An Inconvenient Truth, Lawrence Bender and Participant Media.

The film is a fascinating and frightening exploration of the dangers of nuclear weapons, exposing a variety of present day threats and featuring insights from a host of international experts and world leaders who advocate the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

Countdown to Zero is a chilling wake-up call about the urgency of the nuclear threat. It tells the striking story of uncertainty, exposing the real possibility of nuclear disaster and revealing the truth behind an issue on which human survival itself hangs.

Press Reviews

  • "
    Very few films can be classified as unmissable, but this is one.
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    Peter Bradshaw, Guardian 5/5

  • "
    A complex yet fascinating documentary exploring the risk, and numerous near-misses, of nucleur weapons in a modern world of warfare
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    David Gritten, Telegraph 4/5

  • "
    A staggering piece of investigative filming
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    Kate Muir, The Times 4/5

  • "
    Countdown to Zero raises the all but forgotten question of nuclear war and leaves us petrified, in almost no doubt it will happen.
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    Jason Solomons, The Observer

  • "
    FORGET THE SAW MOVIES. OR MUTANT zombies. Or killer fish, even if they are in three glorious, gory dimensions. The scariest films this year - and possibly in any other year - are Collapse and Countdown To Zero
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    Empire

  • "
    Countdown emphasizes its interactive aspects and provides audiences with ways to enter the debate -- information they will likely ingest, as soon as they can catch their breath
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    Variety

  • "
    This scarily convincing argument that the end, if not quite nigh, is at least foreseeable urges us to wake up and smell the highly enriched uranium
    " —

    New York Times

  • "
    This remarkable film will do for nuclear disarmament what An Inconvenient Truth did for the environment.
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    Red Magazine

  • "
    A valuable and scary film that should be seen
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    David Hughes, Empire Magazine

  • "
    Lucy Walker's passionate, sobering study of modern-day nuclear arms is unquestionably the most important film you'll see this year
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    James Mottram, MovieScope

  • "
    Countdown to Zero is a strong, well made, and galvanising film
    " —

    Chris Woolfrey, Don't Panic

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