Reproduction project gives birth to film series on dystopian futures
‘Reproduction on film: Reproductive Dystopias’ will spotlight films such as Children of Men, Gattaca, Code 46 and The Stepford Wives – all films containing pessimistic visions of the future where childbirth is not necessarily natural.
The film series is the brainchild of the University’s Generation to Reproduction project, supported by the Wellcome Trust, which is looking at the history of reproduction – from fertility rites to IVF.
In total seven films will be shown ranging from the 1930s to the present day; all with something to say about the continuity and discontinuity of concern.
The series runs at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse from Monday, March 7-23 and begins with Code 46, a 2003 film by Frank Winterbottom that starred Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton, where the protagonists discover, despite their forbidden love affair, that they are genetically incompatible.
Kate O’Riordan (Film and Media, Sussex University) will introduce the film and lead a discussion on it. She will also present a special History of Medicine seminar on ‘Cloning and film: fictational vectors of factual imaginaries’ on Tuesday, March 8 at 5pm in Seminar Room 1, HPS, Free School Lane, Cambridge.
The series continues on March 9 with 1997 film Gattaca which looks at issues of eugenics and then on March 14 with The Stepford Wives.
A 1930s double bill takes place on March 16 with the Island of Lost Souls and Tomorrow’s Children.
March 21 sees Charlton Heston in action in 1973′s Soylent Green. The film concerns a vastly overcrowded, climate changed world in 2022 where the population of New York City alone has risen to 40million and food supplies are running out. It is based on the 1966 science fiction novel Make Room! Make Room!
Finally, presented on March 23 is Children of Men, the 2006 film directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore. The film takes place in 2027 where no child has been born for 18 years.
Further details and film descriptions can be found at www/hps.cam.ac.uk/medicine/film.html
Picturehouse booking is available at http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Arts_Picturehouse_Cambridge/Whats_On/All/