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Image: David Jones and his Perpetual Motion Machine

Daedalus Film and Science Festival arrives at Newcastle’s Star & Shadow Cinema throughout January, named in honour of Dr David Jones, aka Daedalus. As can be seen in his famous Perpetual Motion Machine, Jones enjoyed pushing boundaries and energising the viewers of his TV programmes and his readers. Jones shared a certain kinship with the independently spirited venue; in his capacity as an internationally renowned scientist at Newcastle University he worked to make science accessible and popular.

The Daedalus festival has been programmed with film’s response to the challenge of science in mind, and a variety of events will accompany the season, covering everything from a workshop on AI led by leading Northern researchers, an electronic music open mic night and a symposium on the state of our local sea.

Movie-wise, there’s a wealth of genres for all tastes. Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi kick things off in the film version of H.G. Wells’ Island of Lost Souls, complete with mutant creatures and mad scientists (Thursday 3rd); there’s more monsters in Them, the first of the big bug features which also takes a swipe at fragile social relationships and societal disasters (Thursday 10th). Forays into the state of the environment come from Blue, a look at the industrialisation of the oceans (Saturday 12th); and there’s a screening of The Air That We Breathe: Under The Dome, a banned documentary on air pollution in China, which will be preceded by presentations from experts about urban air pollution (Thursday 31st).

Hollywood’s attempts at tackling scientific subjects make an appearance in the season too, with The Imitation Game, the true story of scientific genius Alan Turing (Sunday 6th) and Hidden Figures, the engrossing tale of the forgotten black female mathematicians of NASA (Sunday 13th). Plus, there’s brain manipulation from Christopher Nolan’s Inception (Thursday 24th); and Spielberg’s Minority Report (Sunday 27th).

The cinema also encourage filmmakers to get involved with Eyes Wide Open on Friday 25th, at which short films about science made by local and national filmmakers will be shown.


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