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Dark Water

Dark Water

Stanley Tucci tells the story of William Mulholland and the lies that made Los Angeles possible., The founders of LA had a vision of a future megacity. But there was just one problem - it was a virtual desert, with very little rainfall. William Mulholland was the man charged with bringing water to the desert. But not without a great deal of double dealing and duplicity. California wants to dazzle you with its endless sunshine and visions of the future – but that’s just a mirage. Stanley Tucci imagines the modern history of California as a Hollywood movie, playing a hard-boiled screenwriter uncovering the full, sordid truth. He knows exactly where all the bodies are buried. Academic consultant: Dr Ian Scott, University of Manchester Written and produced by Laurence Grissell

Duration: 14 min

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