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Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub
Saturday 16 March, 5 to 7 pm

Talking DNA

DNA is the blueprint for building all life on earth including humans, but what is it made of and how does it work? Why do some of us look like our fathers yet different to our mothers? and how did our knowledge of unique 
traits form the basis of genetic engineering, leading onto things like longer lasting apples and seedless watermelons?
Laura Greco (Newcastle University) will be doing an introductory talk on genes and DNA, and how our ability to edit and reprogram genes could cure diseases, character select our own children and result in a real ‘Jurassic Park’.
And Alex Kelly (Biofoundry) is the manager of Sydney’s first PC-1 compliant community science lab which is making insulin affordable with a citizen science approach to medical research. He will discuss the ‘Open Science’ movement, DIY genetic engineering, biohacking, synthetic biology and CRISPR/CAS9 kits.
This is a free event organised by the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub, an initiative supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government.


Sunday 17 March, 7 pm

Vice (M)

The Untold True Story That Changed the Course of History
Oscar winning writer/director Adam McKay (The Big Short) brings his trademark wit to the true story of US Vice President Dick Cheney in Vice. George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell) wins the 2000 election, but it’s Cheney (Christian Bale), an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider who quietly takes charge, wielding immense newfound power as vice president to reshape the country and the world – with lasting consequences.
Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell are at the top of their game, delivering hilarious, uncanny portrayals of America’s most powerful players. A film about those who have power, those who want power, and those who abuse it, Vice is a smart, irreverent comedy-drama that will shock and entertain in equal measure.
Nominated for 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Nominated for 6 Golden Globes to lead all 2018 films.


Sunday 31 March, 3 pm

Maria By Callas (PG)

Tom Volf’s Maria By Callas is the first film to tell the life story of the legendary opera singer completely in her own words.
Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs—nearly all of which have never been shown to the public—the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time.
Assembling the material for the film took director Volf four years of painstaking research, including personal outreach to dozens of Callas’s closest friends and associates, who allowed him to share their personal memorabilia. When recordings of Callas’s voice aren’t available, Joyce DiDonato, one of contemporary opera’s biggest stars, reads her words.
Instead of trying to sum up her vast musical repertoire through countless clips, Volf presents some of her legendary arias in their entirety, including “Casta Diva” (Norma), “Love is a Rebellious Bird” (Carmen), and “I Lived for Art, I Lived for Love” (Tosca). The audience experiences a direct, unmediated response to her music, as the audiences of her time did. Maria By Callas is a loving portrait of one of history’s most extraordinarily talented women, told in a way that is revelatory, unprecedented, and authoritative.


Saturday 13 April, 7  pm

Hotel Mumbai (MA 15+)

A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, Hotel Mumbai vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai. Starring Dev Patel & Armie Hammer, this is the astonishing story of the victims and survivors of the terrorist attack, and the extraordinary heroism of the hotel staff who risked their lives to protect their guests.
The terrifying assault brings together the guests and staff of the luxurious hotel including wealthy new parents David and Zahra (Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi), Russian businessman Vasili (Jason Isaacs) and newly promoted waiter Arjun (Dev Patel) in a desperate fight for survival. This story celebrates humanity, compassion, courage, resilience and the unwavering desire to survive.


Saturday 20 April, 3 pm

A Dog’s Way Home (PG)

Join Bella – a sparky, loveable pup – on an epic 400-mile journey to return home to the person that saved her. Along her fun and sometimes dangerous journey, she meets many people and manages to bring a little bit of comfort and joy to their lives.  Every step she takes, brings her closer to the safety and security of the place she calls home and the person she loves. There are some bonds no distance can break.


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Sunday 21 April, 7 pm

Stan & Ollie (PG)

Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as legendary comedy duo Laurel & Hardy, Stan & Ollie is the heartwarming story of what would become the pair’s triumphant farewell tour.
With their golden era long behind them, Stan and Ollie embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland in 1953. Between personal grievances and dwindling audiences, they face an uncertain future. While the charm of their double-act wins back legions of adoring fans, the duo must pull out all the stops to save their precious decades-long friendship before the final curtain falls.
From acclaimed screenwriter Jeff Pope (Philomena), Stan & Ollie celebrates a unique friendship and legendary working partnership with humour and warmth. Coogan and Reilly deliver performances of nuanced, comic genius – the perfect pair to pay homage to the original kings of comedy.
★★★★★ “An absolute delight. Coogan and Reilly are note-perfect.” (Radio Times)


Saturday 27 April, 7 pm

Fighting with my Family (M)

Fighting with my Family is a heart-warming comedy about a family that fights a little differently. Produced by Dwayne Johnson, it is based on the incredible true story of World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar “Paige”. Born into a tight-knit wrestling family in the UK, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her family and face this new, cut-throat world alone. Paige’s journey pushes her to dig deep, fight for her family, and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.
Written and directed by Stephen Merchant, Fighting with my Family stars Florence Pugh, Dwayne Johnson and Lena Headey.


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  • 16 Sat 5.00 pm
    Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub
    Talking DNA
  • 17 Sun 7.00 pm
    Vice (M)
  • 31 Sun 3.00 pm
    Maria By Callas (PG)


  • 13 Sat 7 pm
    Hotel Mumbai (MA 15+)
  • 20 Sat 3 pm
    A Dog's Way Home (PG)
  • 21 Sun 7 pm
    Stan & Ollie (PG)
  • 27 Sat 7 pm
    Fighting with my Family (M)
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