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Gas Attack

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Synopsis

Set amongst the high rise estates of Glasgow, the home of many recently arrived asylum seekers as part of the government's dispersal programme. The drama begins during an apparently commonplace winter flu epidemic. But doctors are puzzled by the strange symptoms of this flu and cannot understand why it is only affecting a relatively small cross-section of the community. One asylum support unit worker is not satisfied by the flu argument and wonders if environmental health hazards are to blame. But when one man dies, the post mortem results reveal the shocking truth - the deadly germ anthrax killed him.

But even in the face of this evidence, the authorities are unwilling to believe what is becoming increasingly obvious - that north Glasgow has been subject to a silent and deadly terrorist attack. Someone has deliberately released anthrax amongst the immigrant community and the panic both inside and outside the hospital is mounting fast. Central to the drama is a Kurdish refugee, Sherko, and his 12 year old daughter, Resa. Sherko remembers the full horror of being gassed in northern Iraq by Saddam Hussein and now watches in horror as his daughter succumbs to the deadly infection.

Details

Year
2002
Type of film
Features
Running Time
71 mins
Format
35mm
Director
Kenny Glenaan
Producer
David Hart
Executive Producer
David Hart
Editor
Kristina Hetherington
Screenwriter
Rowan Joffe
Director of Photography
Graham Smith
Sound
Stuart Bruce
Music
Max De Wardener
Principal Cast
Sherko Zen Aloush, Bewae Hassan, Robina Qureshi, Morag Calder, Laurie Ventry, Liam Brennan

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Production Company

Hart Ryan Productions
Contact: Samantha Kingsley
84 Long Lane
London
SE1 4AU
UK

T 00 44(0)20 7403 6363
F 00 44(0)20 7403 2525

samkingsley@hartryan.co.uk

Sales
Company

Channel 4 International
124 Horseferry Road
London
SW1P 2TX
UK