Sunlight, tears and disinfection

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant,” a well-known quote from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, refers to the benefits of openness and transparency.

Sunshine, tears and disinfection

Sunshine, tears and disinfection:

This film carries the suggestions of Dr Ben Goldacre from his latest book “Bad Pharma”: At the end of this very short film, Dr Goldacre, in his appreciation of transparency that the American Medical Students Association have brought to conflicts-of-interest and healthcare, stated that he felt almost weepy.

Tears, like sunlight, it occurs to me are also disenfectants. Both sunlight and tears bring clearer vision.

(1) To Dr Ben Goldacre of course

(2) To Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt the prize winning filmmakers of “Brilliant Noise” by Semiconductor:

“Brilliant Noise takes us into the data vaults of solar astronomy. After sifting through hundreds of thousands of computer files, made accessible via open access archives, Semiconductor have brought together some of the sun’s finest unseen moments. These images have been kept in their most raw form, revealing the energetic particles and solar wind as a rain of white noise. This grainy black and white quality is routinely cleaned up by NASA, hiding the processes and mechanics in action behind the capturing procedure.”

(3) “Slow Motion Strut Version Two” is the background music track by the awesome Dexter Britain (

I have tried to acknowledge all source material. If any copyright is breeched please let me know and I will address such failings on my part. Also this film is an artistic work and does NOT represent the views of any organisation.

The AMBITION behind this FILM:
To see the UK develop and implement a SUNSHINE ACT as soon as possible. The filmmaker has petitioned the Scottish Parliament for a Sunshine Act:

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