How story sucked me in

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For a long time I instinctively felt that story and narrative can be powerful tools in influencing attitudes and belief systems. I’ve had positive experiences with how fiction shaped my relationship with science. The manner … Read More

How necessary is scientific plausiblity in film?

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Se non è vero, è ben trovato: if it’s not true, it’s a good invention. It is no secret that the facts have rarely sullied a good film. In fact escapism is a significant desire … Read More

Hollywood’s gender agenda: not just for humans

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Despite women making up more than half of the population of the United States, recent studies indicate that male characters outnumber females three to one in G-rated family movies. It also appears that things aren’t … Read More

‘Bad movie science’ a snooty pleasure

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Picking on the incorrect science in fiction films is a popular pastime in the science communication world. There are gagillions of websites, books and events out there that take pleasure in mocking and criticising movies … Read More

Nerds on film: the depiction of scientists in movies

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A shabby lab-coat clad boffin with greasy hair is doubled over an esoteric machine which spews out ‘special vapour’ and flouro-green death-rays. Immediately we all get the hint: he’s a scientist. Almost definitely an evil … Read More

Film review: Another Earth (2011)

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What if one day another planet appeared in the sky? How would you feel and what would you do? In 2011, two films were released that tackled the issue of the Earth coming face to … Read More

Film Review: Melancholia (2011)

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In 2011 I was invited by ABC Local Radio to provide a web review of Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (2011) when it was screened as part of the 2011 Canberra International Film Festival. I’ve reposted it … Read More

Film review: Prometheus (2012)

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Prometheus is a beautiful and thrilling mess. It marks Sir Ridley Scott’s return to science fiction since Blade Runner (1982) and serves as a distant prequel to the Alien franchise he created in 1979. But … Read More

Matango – Fungus of Terror

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When Matango was released in Japanese cinemas in 1963, the Atomic Age seemed to offer so much promise for a booming post-war Japan. However, it was also a paradox because the nation was still coming to grips with the science … Read More

The scientific method: pathogens, superheroes and dragons

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Michael Crichton once argued that the portrayal of the scientific method in films is mutually incompatible with storytelling – that the best you will ever get is a caricature. While this last point may be … Read More