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Chemical flame retardants are everywhere—in our furniture, our homes, our bodies. But do they work as promised? And are they making us sick? The three chemical companies producing flame retardants would prefer that we not ask these questions, and they’ve spent millions of dollars on lobbyists, publicists and influencers to ensure that we don’t. Toxic Hot Seat wades through the mess to piece together an intricate story of manipulation that details how Big Tobacco skillfully convinced fire safety officials to back a standard that, in effect, requires all furniture to be filled with toxic chemicals. The film continues to untangle how the chemical companies obscure the risks to public health and misrepresent chemical safety data by paying “experts” to alarm legislators and the public about the deadly risk of removing chemical flame retardants from our homes. Through the personal stories of a cancer-surviving firefighter, a renowned chemist whose work helped remove fire retardants from kid’s pajamas in the 1970s, and a brave and determined young legislator and mother, Toxic Hot Seat shows the courage of citizens willing to fight for the truth against a shadowy nexus of money and politics.

Written/Directed by James Redford and Kirby Walker
Production date 2013
Runtime, 1:30:57

The venue is Loop Bar, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne CBD. We’ll be in the rear cinema, past the bar.

I’ll arrive at Loop from 6pm onwards to meet and greet people and get you settled in, as the film will start playing at 6:30pm sharp.

Please arrive before 6:30pm to find and secure a seat—very important—as numbers are limited.

Entry is $10 per person, suggested donation, which goes directly towards keeping these film nights possible. These nights are not-for-profit and all funds go directly towards covering costs and securing future events, so please help support our community by making a generous donation. If you appreciate these nights, please give generously. It will help them continue! 😉

Loop has a licensed bar along with snacks and food available, including some vegetarian and vegan options. You’re also welcome to make orders for food at the bar before we start, to be prepared while the film is running and made ready for you during the film, or afterwards if you prefer. Just ask at the bar and the friendly Loop staff will help you. 😉

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