Doomwatch (1972)

Film details


Dr Del Shaw of Doomwatch is treated with suspicion by the inhabitants of the island of Balfe when he arrives to investigate the effects of oil pollution on coastal wildlife. Following an attack by a man with distorted features Shaw discovers a Ministry of Defence prohibited area off the island. Learning that the Ministry have been dumping cannisters in the sea there, Shaw investigates further and discovers that a company called Doran Chemicals have been dumping other cannisters in the area illegally. Radio-active leaks from the Ministry's cannisters have reacted with the chemical contents of Doran's cannisters to release hormone content into the sea which has infected the fish in the area. The islanders have, as a result, been contracting acromegaly from eating the fish. Shaw persuades the islanders to receive treatment and calls in the Doomwatch team to help evacuate the area.

Cast & Credits

Latest from the BFI

  • Latest from the BFI

    Latest news, features and opinion.

More information

Films, TV and people

  • Films, TV and people

    Film lists and highlights from BFI Player.

More information

Sight & Sound magazine

  • Sight & Sound magazine

    Reviews, interviews and features from the international film magazine.

More information

Back to the top