Science on Screen
Reality and fiction come together in a season of films and talks that uncovers the connections between science and cinema.
We’ve partnered with the London Mathematical Laboratory and invited leading figures from the world of science and mathematics to share their perspectives on their favourite films.
Dr Strangelove (PG) + Presentation
One of Stanley Kubrick's finest films, this extraordinary, jet-black comedy satire about an unhinged American general hellbent on nuclear war with the Soviets, is as funny as it is scary.
Green for Danger (PG) + Presentation by Dr Tom Clutton-Brock
A postman dies on an operating table, but is there something more to it? An unusual war-time whodunit, starring Alistair Sim and Trevor Howard, with cunning at every corner.
La Jetée + The Blood of a Poet (15) + Presentation
Prof Nicky Clayton and Clive Wilkins explore the shifting nature of memory, questioning our assumptions about how time unfolds before a screening of two classic French short films.
Her (15) + Presentation by Sander Bais
Theoretical physicist Sander Bais (University of Amsterdam, Santa Fe Institute) deals with the philosophical questions raised by Spike Jonze’s film.
Antonia's Line (15) + presentation by Jeroen Lamb
This modern Dutch classic, written and directed by Marleen Gorris, is 'a celebration of life' as envisaged in the matriarchal community at the heart of this film.
Fermat’s Room (15) + presentation by Julia Gog
This Spanish thriller has maths at its core. Four strangers must fight against the clock to work out how they are connected and why someone seems to be trying to kill them.
Puzzle of a Downfall Child (15*) + presentation
Lou (Faye Dunaway) is an ex-top model who found refuge in a remote island, somewhere in New Jersey, far from the fashion world she once knew. Aaron, a photographer from her past, comes to visit.
Melancholia (15) + presentation by Valerio Lucarini
In this edition of Science on Screen, we revisit Lars von Trier's (Dogville, Dancer in the Dark) profound, visceral vision of depression and destruction.
Science on Screen: Robocop (18) + presentation
Paul Verhoeven transports us to a lawless Detroit, where Officer Alex Murphy becomes a cybernetic soldier code-named Robocop.
Science on Screen: Whiplash (15) + presentation
A promising young drummer enrols at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing in pursuit of perfection.
Barbican Cinema 2 & 3
Barbican Cinema 2 & 3 are located on Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican’s Silk Street entrance. From Silk Street, you’ll see a zebra crossing that will take you across the road to the venue.
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Cinemas 2 & 3 are located at Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican Centre’s main Silk Street entrance. There are a couple of steep, dropped kerbs and an incline to negotiate between the two sites. Level access from Beech Street.
Each auditorium has three permanent wheelchair spaces (two in the third row and one in the front row) and 153 fixed seats with capacity for a further three spaces in the front row. Access to each auditorium is up a ramp. There are also a number of seats with step-free access.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the cinema – please tell us when booking to ensure your seat has enough space. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the foyer staff during the performance.
An infrared system for hard of hearing customers is provided in each auditorium; headsets or neck loops can be collected from foyer staff. The ticket desk counter is fitted with an induction loop.
For more access information, please visit our Accessibility section.