Radium Girls


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Nov 13 4:00 PM
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Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2018
Run Time:102 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Lydia Dean Pilcher
Ginny Mohler
Cast:Joey King
Abby Quinn
Cara Seymour
Susan Heyward


Based on true events, “Radium Girls” follows teen sisters, Bessie and Jo Cavallo, who dream of Hollywood and Egyptian pyramids as they paint luminous watch dials at the American Radium factory in New Jersey.

When Jo loses a tooth, Bessie’s world is turned upside down as a mystery slowly unravels.  She discovers a corporate cover-up and — in a radical coming-of-age story — Bessie and the Radium Girls decide to take on American Radium.

Based on historical events, the national sensation following the notorious case of the Radium Girls in 1928 ultimately led to significant and lasting impact in the area of workplace health and safety and the study of radioactivity. 

“Radium Girls” premiered at the TriBeca Film Festival where it received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Award and is a recipient of the ReFrame Gender Balanced Production Award.

“ ‘Radium Girls’ proves engrossing, thanks to its powerful real-life tale and the excellent performances by leads Joey King and Abby Quinn, who make us fully care about their character’s fates.” — Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

"A worthy entry in the category of workers’ rights movies, ‘Radium Girls’, like ‘Silkwood’, is based on actual events. Directors Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler reveal a little-known part of history with a loudly beating feminist heart and a narrative grounded in reality.” — Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, New York Times

“ ‘Radium Girls’ is a story based on hauntingly true events that question the themes displayed in today’s society.” — Molly Given, AM/METRO