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Of Great Service - The Story of National Research Universal

Of Great Service tells the story of the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor in Chalk River, Ontario and its historical role as one of Canada’s most important scientific and research facilities.

This film provides a rare opportunity to view footage of an operating nuclear reactor, and includes footage of the final moments of operation filmed in the NRU Control Room on March 31, 2018.

The documentary contains the stories, thoughts and memories of both past and present staff, and is an emotional story not only of the reactor but of the impact it has had on those who worked within it.

One of the largest research reactors in the world, NRU was a landmark achievement in Canadian nuclear science and technology went it went into service on November 3, 1957 on the banks of the Ottawa River in Deep River, Ontario. For over 60 years, the reactor served Canadians as a supplier of industrial and medical radioisotopes used for the diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening diseases, as a major Canadian facility for neutron physics research, and to provide engineering research and development support for Canada’s fleet of nuclear power reactors.

  • Sarah Fodey
  • Sarah Fodey
  • Philip Kompass
  • Sarah Fodey
  • Han Nyugen
  • Alastair McIvor
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    Canadiana, history, science, health, energy, nuclear
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    53 minutes 55 seconds
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    October 30, 2018
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    85,000 USD
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Director Biography - Sarah Fodey

An accomplished Producer and Writer, Sarah Fodey’s twenty-one-year career in motion storytelling has spanned feature films, scripted series, factual entertainment, documentary production, and branded corporate communications. Sarah has executive produced, produced, and line produced for networks including the CBC, Global, APTN, Comedy, Bravo!, TVO, TFO, City, and TMN. She is currently co-producing the seventh season of Qanurli; producing, writing, and directing the feature-length documentary The Fruit Machine; and producing a feature film funded by Telefilm Canada and Unis. In addition to her entertainment experience, Sarah has written and produced hundreds of hours of award-winning content in branded corporate storytelling. Sarah led a team of writers, directors, researchers, designers, and creative post personnel on a large-scale project for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Canada, delivering dozens of original films and two sound landscapes for the Museum’s inaugural launch. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Queen’s University and an honours diploma in the Television Broadcasting program at Algonquin College. Sarah is a member of the Writers Guild of Canada.

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