Science on screen

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 17 September

The Conversation Room

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Base pairs on a screen

    Genetic code on screen in Gattaca

    Credit: raul2010 via Flickr
  • Type

    Panel discussion


Standard £12

Concession £8

Associate £6

Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

From bio-pics to science fiction, cinema has had a long and distinguished interest in science and scientists. But what does it take to turn scientific subject matter into a gripping film? And how do you turn scientists into compelling on-screen characters?

A panel of screenwriters and directors with a track record of working with scientific themes talk about the challenges of adapting science for the screen.

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The panel will be made up of Peter Moffat (writer, HAWKING, EINSTEIN AND EDDINGTON); Kate Gartside (writer, THE CHALLENGER); director Bryn Higgins (of forthcoming feature ELECTRICITY); and Dan Clifton (director short film PATIENT 39, adapted from a William Boyd short story).

The event will be chaired by John Yorke, author of the recent book about the craft of storytelling ENTER THE WOODS:  HOW STORIES WORK AND WHY WE TELL THEM.

They will be talking about what it takes to turn stories from the world of science into compelling drama for the screen.

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