Cinema: Minamata

Director: Andrew Levitas; Starring: Akiko Iwase, Kogarashi Wakasugi, Johnny Depp; Genre: Drama; Age: 16+; Time: 115 minutes

Inspired by a true story, Minamata stars Johnny Depp playing celebrated photojournalist Eugene Smith.

The film takes place in 1971 when we find Smith as a recluse and disconnected from the world he once shot.

After receiving one final assignment from Life Magazine editor Robert Hayes, Eugene must travel to the Japanese coastal city of Minamata, which has been ravaged by mercury poisoning.

Ushered by an impassioned Japanese translator, Aileen and encouraged by local villagers, Eugene’s powerful images expose decades of gross negligence by the country’s Chisso Corporation.