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Thu 12 Oct 6:00 PM
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Arc Cinema
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113 Mins
1990DCP US | D: Paul Verhoeven  

Science, art and film are among the most powerful cultural institutions we have developed to understand, shape and envision our world.  

Screening monthly for FREE at Arc Cinema, SCIENCE. ART. FILM. is a new series that uncovers wacky, weird and wonderful facets of science and art in films.  

Films are screened in discussion with artists and ANU scholars from different disciplines.  

Presented by the National Film and Sound Archive, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science and ANU Humanities Research Centre.

Total Recall (1990), hailed as one of the best science fiction films of all times, raises many questions about technology, including: What is real and what is fantasy in inner and outer techno-space? How can we understand this science fiction film as a place to test theories about how far we can go with the idea that technology is influenced by social pressures and desires – and to what extent are our expectations changed by the influence of technology? In what ways have science fiction motifs inspired 'real life' research? And why has this film actually become a cult classic? Find out about all of this and more in our panel discussion!

‘The fierce and unrelenting pace, accompanied by a tongue-in-cheek strain of humour in the roughhouse screenplay, keeps the film moving like a juggernaut.’ - Variety     


Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research & Methods at the Australian National University. She focuses on interdisciplinary experimentation into ways digital technologies can support and diversify research in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, in relation to public culture (including Web Science), and the role of the digital in the cultural heritage sector. Terhi’s publications centre on topics related to Linked Data and knowledge representation, but cover a range of other topics too from the role of gamification and informal online environments in education to 3D digital models. 

Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens is a Lecturer in Popular Entertainment Studies at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science and the Head of the Popsicule – ANU’s Science in Popular Culture and Entertainment Hub. Her research explores the cultural meanings of science. 


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