Humanities Research Centre

2024 SCIENCE. ART. FILM Program

The popular Science. Art. Film. series co-presented by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA),  the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science and ANU Humanities Research Centre returns to Arc Cinema in 2024, inviting audiences to examine the social and cultural forces at play in a variety of influential films. Each free screening is followed by a discussion, bringing together experts across diverse fields and cutting-edge research.

The series is hosted by HRC Adjunct Fellow, Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens who says,

'This series explores our ideas, desires and fears about science and technology as portrayed in different genres and times. The lively discussions unpack how pop cultural narratives affect public discourse and understanding about science, and, by extension, the relationship between society and science.’


Semester 1 PROGRAM, 2024

Jaws (1975) + Panel - Wednesday 28 February, 6pm

Black Orpheus (1959) + Panel - Wednesday 27 March, 6pm

Vesper (2022) + Panel - Wednesday 17 April, 6pm

Interstellar (2014) + Panel - Wednesday 15 May, 6pm

Chappie (2015) + Panel - Wednesday 5 June, 6pm

Past events

SCIENCE. ART. FILM Chappie + Panel

5 Jun 2024

Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, and Sigourney Weaver star in this sci-fi action drama from Neill Blomkamp, the director of District 9. The human police force in a...

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SCIENCE. ART. FILM Interstellar + Panel

15 May 2024

Matthew McConaughey leads as Cooper in this Christopher Nolan science fiction epic, starring alongside Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen...

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SCIENCE. ART. FILM Vesper + Panel

17 Apr 2024

This recent science fiction release is set in the wake of an environmental catastrophe, wrought by out-of-control genetic technology, which separates survivors...

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SCIENCE. ART. FILM Black Orpheus + Panel

27 Mar 2024

In Black Orpheus, Marcel Camus reimagines the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, setting this romantic tragedy in Rio Di Janeiro admist the festivities of ...

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28 Feb 2024

Billed as ‘The terrifying motion picture from the terrifying No. 1 bestseller’ Jaws has indelibly shaped the way many of us view sharks. The great white from...

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SCIENCE. ART. FILM Rise of the Planet of the Apes & Discussion

7 Dec 2023

‘We gave her what we call ALZ-112, a gene therapy that allows the brain to create its own cells in order to repair itself. In biology, this is called...

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SCIENCE. ART. FILM Batman & Robin & Discussion

8 Nov 2023

‘Allow me to break the ice...’ The DC universe is populated with scientists. From Harley Quinn to Swamp Thing, scientists appear as troubled and troubling...

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SCIENCE. ART. FILM Total Recall & Discussion

12 Oct 2023

Total Recall (1990), hailed as one of the best science-fiction films of all time, raises many questions about technology. What is real and what is fantasy in...

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SCIENCE. ART. FILM Sound of Metal & Discussion

21 Sep 2023

Why are so many films about deafness also about music? Why do cinema and television so often represent hearing loss as a tragedy, and cochlear implants as a...

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SCIENCE. ART. FILM Blade Runner: The Director's Cut & Discussion

18 Aug 2023

What is in a memory? Why do we feel emotions? How do they relate to our sense of identity, self and responsibility? Blade Runner (1982) encourages us to...

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