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NeuroEthics Film Festival - A Clockwork Orange

Public event   25.11.2012






Post screening discussion panel

Chaired by:

Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley


Dr Richard Jones

Professor Stephen Lawrie

Dr Sarah Dillon

Organised by

The NeuroEthics Film Festival is the 2012 outing of the BioEthics Film Festival organised by the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, supported by the , Mason Institute and the Filmhouse

The ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum are supporting two screenings at the Festival this year - and A Clockwork Orange, both screening on Sunday 25th November 2012.



88 Lothian Road



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About the film:

A Clockwork Orange

Stanley Kubrick UK/USA 1971 136 minutes (Rated 18 - Contains strong violence and sexual violence)Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke, John Clive.

A Clockwork Orange is an intelligent, visually stunning, disturbing and yet queasily entertaining adaptation of a great work of literature. Adapted from Anthony Burgess's best-selling novel written in the invented street slang Nadsat, the film tells the story of Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his thug friends, addicted to mindless acts of violence, killing tramps and raping women. Equally violent is the state's aversion therapy Alex is forced to endure to cure him of his addiction.

About the festival:

Do we have free will, or is our behaviour ultimately controlled by our biological brains? Does morality actually exist?Recent advances in our understanding of neurobiology have raised a number of ethical questions for human beings. Does the responsibility of an individual actually exist? If it doesnít what are then the consequences for our legal systems and the manner in which human beings see themselves. Could they just be considered as biological robots or zombies? These and other issues will be explored in discussions following each of these screenings. Come and join the debate!

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