A Melbourne film festival is screening contemporary science fiction movies next weekend, followed by a Q&A with researchers and storytellers
“From human clones to mutant monsters, the big screen loves to draw inspiration from science for the sake of spectacle,” writes the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, which is hosting the festival.
“But science can also be used to tell powerful human stories and tackle big questions facing humanity.”
The institute is holding the festival to discuss these “big questions”, with a Q&A with institute researchers and Melbourne storytellers following each screening.
It will be presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival and will be held at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Federation Square, Melbourne.
The exciting event list and panels are as follows:
Never Let Me Go
26 August 2016, 7pm
Three close school friends Tommy (Andrew Garfield), Kathy (Carey Mulligan) and Ruth (Keira Knightley) lead an idyllic life until the true purpose of their existence is revealed.
- MC: Dr Krystal Evans, CEO, BioMelbourne Network
- Dr Ashley Ng, blood cancer researcher
- Dr Melissa Davis, bioinformatician
- Marlee Jane Ward, author
I Am Legend
27 August 2016, 7:30pm
Blockbuster sci-fi film I am Legend is set in a post-apocalyptic New York City. Virologist Robert Neville (Will Smith) is the sole survivor of a virus outbreak that has infected all of humankind after clinical trials for cancer research go horribly wrong.
- MC: Professor David Vaux, cancer and cell death researcher
- Dr Wai-Hong Tham, infectious disease researcher
- Dr Shalin Naik, stem cell biologist
- Upulie Divisekera, molecular biologist, science communicator and writer
Jabbed – Love, Fear and Vaccines
28 August 2016, 6.30pm
This movie explores the globally growing trend of vaccine hesitancy. Through science and powerful stories, the documentary sheds light on the consequences of skipping vaccinations and the cases of vaccine injury that have caused damage to lives and public trust.
- MC: Dr James Murphy, cell signalling and cell death researcher
- Sonya Pemberton, writer and director of Jabbed – Love, Fear and Vaccines
- Professor Gabrielle Belz, molecular immunologist
- Professor Marc Pellegrini, infectious diseases researcher