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Gattaca 15

BUY TICKETS 7.15pm Wednesday 8 November

DIRECTOR Andrew Niccol
CAST Ethan Hawke, Jude Law, Uma Thurman, Loren Dean

A screening of this classic science fiction film about a future of genetic engineering with a Q&A, presented by Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement as part of the Festival of Social Science.

In a futuristic society, the wealthy have taken to genetically engineering their off-spring in a search for physical and mental perfection. Vincent (Ethan Hawke), a traditionally conceived ‘In-Valid’, has always lived in the shadow of his genetically improved ‘Valid’ brother Anton (Loren Dean), but will stop at nothing to fulfill his dream of becoming a space navigator for the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. Set in a morally ambiguous world, this intelligent thriller’s focus on characters and ideas make it as pertinent and engaging as it was 20 years ago.
(1997 USA 102 mins)

Presented by Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement as part of the Festival of Social Science. All tickets £3.

This science fiction film Gattaca, starring Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, explores a future world where the genetic engineering of humans is commonplace, and DNA plays the primary role in determining social class. Twenty years on from its release, we will discuss the social and ethical implications of today’s genomics research, inspired by a showing of the film.

A panel discussion following the film will explore the social science, ethical and medical research behind this fast-moving field. There have been major advances in the field of genetics and genomics over the last 20 years.  DNA testing is becoming ever more commonplace, and is even available commercially for people wishing to find out more about their health and ancestry.

We will ask the question – what does the future of genomics in healthcare look like? And how might we prevent genetic discrimination, as depicted in this film, from happening in the real world?

Chaired by broadcaster Vivienne Parry of Genomics England, the panel will include experts from Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Wellcome Genome Campus and there will be plenty of time for audience Q&A.

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