IF an intriguing film plot sets your mind off on a tangent, then a programme of linked screenings and talks will provide you with a whole lot of extra food for thought.
Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle is launching a SciScreen season next week which will help explain the science behind some popular film scenes.
Run in conjunction with Newcastle University, it will start on Monday with Woody Allen’s 1989 Oscar-nominated black comedy Crimes and Misdemeanors.
The 15 certificate film, which stars Allen himself as a filmmaker alongside ex-wife Mia Farrow, who plays the mistress of married ophthalmologist (Martin Landau), in a story which interweaves her threats to expose the affair with the filmmaker’s quandary over his artistic and personal integrity when money tempts him to produce a film about a man he detests.
The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with Dr John Lazarus from the university’s Institute of Neuroscience.
Dr Lazarus, who works in its Centre for Behaviour and Evolution, will discuss why our reputations are so important to us and how far we would go to protect them.
There will also be a chance for the audience to put their questions to him.
The SciScreen season will continue until September in the run-up to the British Science Festival, Europe’s largest and most high-profile public science event which this year is being hosted in Newcastle from September 7-12.
Each film screening will feature a Q&A with an expert speaker who will give an insight into the science behind that particular storyline.
Rose Wu, Science Festival and engagement co-ordinator at Newcastle University, said: “We are delighted to be working with Tyneside Cinema to launch SciScreen. It’s a great example of some of the exciting projects being started up ahead of the arrival of the British Science Festival.
“We’re looking forward to a fun, quirky programme of films and getting to grips with the science behind them.”
The public is also welcome to suggest films for inclusion and anyone with an idea for a screening can register it via www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/contact
Crimes and Misdemeanors (15) is on at Tyneside Cinema on Monday at 5.45pm. See www.tynesidecinema.co.uk or call 0845 217 9909.