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Gattaca (15) + Presentation by Magdalena Skipper

Science on Screen

Ethan Hawke in Gattaca

This 90s Academy-Award nominated sci-fi thriller takes places in a world where genetics can help or hinder your chances of success. Starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law.

Writer/director Andrew Niccol’s crafts a world in which a supposedly genetically inferior man assumes the identity of one whom society deems to be superior, in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. This was Niccol’s first foray into science-fiction filmmaking, but just one year later his script for The Truman Show (Peter Weir, 1998) would leave yet another indelible mark on the sci-fi landscape.

Presenting before the screening will be Dr Magdalena Skipper, Editor-in-Chief of the International science magazine Nature. Dr Skipper is a geneticist who has both conducted and edited genetics and genomics research at the cutting edge. Recalling the early days of her career, Dr Skipper will explore the manner in which these were captured and depicted in films such as Gattaca.


US 1997 dir Andrew Niccol 112 min

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