Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to stop worrying and love presidential tweets




23 May 2018


Cinema 1, Palace Central Sydney


Film screening


$35 General Admission, $25 Concession

Visiting Fellow Stephen Loosley AM (whose expertise combines presidential politics and Hollywood history) hosted an audience discussion following the film Dr Strangelove, addressing its Cold War subject-matter and its relevance in a renewed era of nuclear unease.

The film was nominated for four Academy Awards and was among the first group of films selected by the US Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Film Register. The Plot follows various actors in the US nuclear chain of command as they try to stop the crew of US Airforce B-52 bomber from carrying out Plan R, a wrongly issued order to launch a nuclear first-strike on Russia.


  • Stephen Loosley, AM
    Stephen Loosley, AM
    Non-Resident Senior Fellow, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

    Stephen Loosley served in the Australian Parliament during the Hawke and Keating Governments where he chaired both the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and the Senate Regulations Committee.