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Edinburgh International Science Festival 'Gattaca' Screening

Public event   14.04.2012





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Directed by Andrew NiccolUSA 1997, 106 minutes, Rated 15, £7.50 (£5.50)Cast: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Alan Arkin, Loren Dean

This science-fiction thriller is set in the not too distant future when humans are divided into two categories: Valids and In-Valids, determined by the perfection (or imperfection) of our genetic makeup, which can be chosen at conception. Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) is an In-Valid, born with a weak heart and other genetic defects. To fulfil his dream of space travel, he outwits the authorities and assumes a Valid identity to join the futuristic Gattaca Corporation..

But just how 'real' is the reality of Gattaca’s world of gene selection and discrimination?

In a post screening discussion, ESRC Genomics Forum's will explore the implications of the concepts in the film with Ian Sample, The Guardian's Science Correspondent.

Part of the festival's Future Human Series

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