Best of SCINEMA (CTC) + Special guest filmmaker talk
Saturday 10 August, 6.30 pm

Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub is proud to be presenting THE BEST OF SCINEMA – featuring 8 International Award Winning films from SCINEMA International Science Film Festival 2019.  SCINEMA is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere, showcasing the best science feature, short, documentary, animated and experimental films from filmmakers around the world. AND this year we have a special guest: Juliette Martineau, director of Smart Slime?, coming from the UK specially for this screening in Dungog.

SCINEMA is the second event of the 2019 Paterson Allyn Williams Science Festival and is FREE to the public. For information on the other events visit the website here.

PROGRAM

2 hours

THE FACE OF A STRANGER (Canada) 50 minutes
Best Film French (English subtitles)

Directed by Geneviève Turcotte
Produced by Découverte, Radio-Canada
Written by Danny Lemieux

After a 2011 hunting accident, this Quebec man thought he’d live forever with half a face. Then a confident young surgeon made an extraordinary offer. Face of Stranger takes us on a medical journey of epic proportions – where the odds of success are less than ideal. That didn’t bother the prospective patient, 65-year-old Maurice Desjardins, who desperately needed a facial transplant operation.
Jury comment: Story telling at its best with layers of brilliant cinematography, amazing human connections; emotionally charged and totally engaging.

VITAMANIA (Australia)
90 minutes (Excerpt only in the cinema program)
Best Documentary

Directed, produced and written by Sonya Pemberton

Almost one billion people take a regular dietary supplements, mainly vitamin tablets, but how safe are these products, how are the regulated, and how can we make the right choices for our health? These surprisingly urgent questions are investigated by scientist Dr Derek Muller.
Jury comment: A riveting tale uncovering the madness of enormity of the supplements industry.

THE MOST UNKNOWN (United States)
92 minutes (Excerpt only in the cinema program)
Special Jury Award

Directed by Ian Cheney

This epic documentary film sends nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanities biggest questions. How did life begin? What is consciousness? How much do we really know?
Jury comment: This film addresses some of the most fundamental questions in science..

SMART SLIME? (United Kingdom) 10 minutes
Award For Scientific Merit

Directed by Juliette Martineau – Special Guest at Dungog screening

It’s neither plant, animal or fungus, but a giant single cell that crawls around eating dead matter. Beautiful and mesmerizing time lapse videography, Smart Slime? introduces us to the quirky work of two high profile slime researchers.
Jury comment: Exceptional technical detail and a great way to explain the network of a cell.

700 SHARKS (France) (English subtitles)
90 minutes (Excerpt only in the cinema program)
Award For Technical Merit

Directed by Luc Mares-cot

In a ground breaking experiment, five of the world’s most experienced underwater scientists dive among 700 starving sharks.
Jury comment: This film is technically brilliant. Exceptionally well-made.

JEREMY THE LEFTY SNAIL AND OTHER ASYMMETRICAL ANIMALS (United Kingdom) 15 minutes
Festival Entry

Produced by Dr Robert P Cameron and John Andrew Cameron

This is the fascinating story of Jeremy, one in a million snail whose shell coiled to the left rather than to the right.

A TINY SPARK (Ireland) 26 minutes
Festival Entry

Directed, produced and written by Niamh Heery

This film examines how research into blood clots and stroke could bring about big changes for people and medicine.

WHY THIS SKATEBOARDING TRICK SHOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE (United States) 9 minutes
Festival Entry

Directed, produced and written by Dianna Cowern

Skateboarding legend Rodney Mullen teams up with Physics Girl to explain the unusual physics behind skateboard tricks.

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This National Science Week project is supported by the Australian Government.
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This initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government

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JAMES CALENDAR

October

  • 26 Sat 3 pm
    Fantasy, Adventure
    Abominable (PG)
  • 26 Sat 7.30 pm
    Drama/Bio
    Ride Like a Girl (PG)
  • 27 Sun 3 pm
    Drama/Bio
    Ride Like a Girl (PG)

November

  • 16 Sat 7.30 pm
    Comedy/Drama/Music
    Blinded by the Light (PG)
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