Next CineSci6 screening: Memento 12 February, 2:30pm
The world doesn’t just disappear when you close your eyes. But for Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) it does. After witnessing the violent death of his wife, he is hell-bent on revenge, but the event has triggered short-term memory loss.
To get by, Shelby has to take Polaroid pictures and copious notes, even having memos tattooed on his body as reminders.
Christopher Nolan’s highly acclaimed and inventive thriller subverts movie narrative convention, as we follow Shelby trying to unravel the mystery surrounding his wife’s death, the last clear memory he has.
The film was inspired partly by case study of patient H. M., who developed severe anterograde amnesia after surgery to control his epileptic seizures. Many experts say that Memento has one of the most realistic and accurate depictions of anterograde amnesia in films.
These issues will be discussed after the screening by Hugo Spiers, who researches spatial cognition, memory and goal-directed behaviour at UCL, and Mo Costandi, blogger at Neurophilosophy, which appears on the Guardian Science blogs.
Make sure you come along, it’s the last CineSci6 for now, but we’ll have news of future screenings so keep checking the blog. For previous screening Q&As, you can listen to the podcasts brought to you by the Pod Delusion.
For tickets, visit the Clapham PictureHouse website.
Post written by Simon Frantz, posted by PaoloV
Next CineSci6 screening: Robocop Sunday 8 January, 2:30pm
Date: Sometime in the future. All Detroit has a cancer, and the cancer is crime. A policeman killed in the line of battle becomes resurrected as a half-human, half-robot supercop. The indestructible law enforcer successfully wipes crime from the mean streets of Detroit, but his human side is tortured by his past, and he wants revenge on the criminals who killed him. The question is how important will be the glitch programmed into RoboCop by the security company that created him.
Bold, funny and violent, director Paul Verhoeven’s first US feature film is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but it mixes all-out destruction with an intelligent plot. After the screening we’ll be discussing scientific/moral issues surrounding future robotics technologies with Dr Peter Bentley from the Department of Computer Science, University College London, and a contributing editor to Wired UK.
So what better way to enter into 2012 than with this ’80s classic followed by drinks and discussion afterwards? We’ll even give you more than 20 seconds to comply.
Tickets are available here.
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We are pleased to announce a series of six films with a scientific slant that will be shown on the afternoon of the second Sunday of every month for the next six months at the Clapham Picturehouse, starting with the cinematic classic Metropolis.
After each film there will be a discussion over drinks, with expert input to help get the most out of each film.
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