BBC Studios Productions’ feature doc, The Anthrax Attacks, for Netflix, gets its global premiere this month
Directed by Oscar-nominated director Dan Krauss (Extremis, The Kill Team) and produced by BBC Studios Science Unit, The Anthrax Attacks tells the story of the 2001 anthrax attacks on the United States and one of the largest and most complex FBI investigations in the history of American law enforcement. Beginning one week after the September 11 terrorist attacks, five people were killed and at least 17 fell ill in what became one of the worst biological attacks in U.S. history. Unfolding across America and beyond, the documentary follows the “incredible scientific tale of deadly poison, obsession, and paranoia, all told against the backdrop of the American war on terror.”
Using a combination of interviews and dramatic scenes sourced from thousands of pages of FBI documents, the documentary also shares stories from investigators, survivors and the families of those who were infected. Actor Clark Gregg (Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) stars as Dr Bruce Ivins in scripted scenes and to-camera monologues drawn from Bruce’s own chilling words, “creating a searing and deeply intimate psychological portrait of a man slowly coming apart.”
Andrew Cohen, Executive Producer for BBC Studios says: “Delving into the biggest investigation in FBI history is no simple task, but with an incredibly talented team of filmmakers lead by Dan Krauss and Sweta Vohra we’ve been able to create a powerful and provocative film that blends drama and documentary to reopen our understanding of one of the most shocking terrorist acts in US history.”
Dan Krauss, Director says: “This was a sprawling and massively complex story, one that required an adventurous approach in our filmmaking. The team at BBC Studios was fearless in meeting the challenge head-on, attacking every obstacle with impressive skill and care. I couldn’t have asked for more capable partners on this journey.”
The Anthrax Attacks is made by the BBC Studios Science Unit. Directed by Dan Krauss. Executive Producers are Andrew Cohen and Dan Krauss.
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