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Year: 2009

Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G

Runtime: 55 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Richard Jasek

Produced By: James Moody, Linda Cooper

Language: English

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"So much I did not know about my hero, Lawrence Bragg! This film is original, fun and unexpected." - Robyn Williams, ABC Science broadcaster.

"Ideally suited to whet the scientific appetites of teenagers" - Dr Michael Kindler, Principal, Stromlo High School, ACT

Driven to Diffraction tells the remarkable story of William Henry Bragg and his son William Lawrence Bragg. Part human interest story, part science lesson, part historical journey of discovery, this 55 minute documentary weaves a spell of enchantment around the tale of two shy men who join the ranks of the most important scientists of the twentieth century.

From origins in Adelaide, their international contributions have been legion and across many areas: early work on wireless telegraphy, radioactivity, and acoustic range-finding of artillery on the battlefields of the Great War, to their celebrated development of X-Ray crystallography, for which they won the Nobel Prize in 1915, the only father-son team ever to have done so. Their work made possible an astonishing list of breakthroughs including Watson and Crick's discovery of the structure of DNA, radio therapy for cancer, solid state electronics, modern pharmaceuticals, superconductivity and radio astronomy.

Please note: Driven to Diffraction is the first of two science biographies designed for general audiences and especially for teenage audiences. The second in the series is Microbes to Macrobes: the story of Frank Fenner (also distributed by Ronin).

Follow this link to download the DRIVEN TO DIFFRACTION interactive STUDY GUIDE:

DVD EXTRAS include extended interviews with Dr Stephen Bragg, Patience Thomson, Dr Lucy Adrian, Professor Susan Greenfield, Professor Frank James and Dr John Jenkin.

Stephen Sheehan (as Henry Bragg)
Brad Williams (as William Lawrence Bragg)
Michaela Cantwell (as Gwendolina Bragg)

Prof Susan Greenfield
Prof Frank Jams
Dr John Jenkin
Prof Tanya Monro
Dt Stephen Bragg
Dr Lucy Adrian
Patience Thomson
Prof Brian Matthews
Prof Peter Coman
Robert George

Executive Producer - Linda Cooper.
Creative Producer, Writer and Director - Richard Jasek.
Producer for Kojo - James Moody.
Cinematographer โ€“ Aaron Gully
Offline editor โ€“ Tom Molnar
Music composer โ€“ Seann Timms

Financed with assistance from the South Australian Film Corporation. An initiative of the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Produced with an investment from the South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services.

For a companion film about another great Australian scientist, Frank Fenner, follow this link for MICROBES TO MACROBES: - the film was produced by the same team that made DRIVEN TO DIFFRACTION.

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