Why can’t zombies run? Why do face huggers hug? Would chopping off a zombie’s head really be the saving attack should the world start to veer towards a flesh eating end? These are all questions we have no doubt asked ourselves when watching our favourite science based films. But have you ever wished you could hit pause and get the expert opinion on whether it could actually happen…?
Pop Up Screens are here to be that expert. Or rather provide the experts to help us get to grips with the more mind-bending moments of poetic license employed by filmmakers. This May, Pop Up Screens takes over The Chelsea Old Town Hall with scientists and comedians to explore the science behind Alien, Apollo 13, Terminator 2, Shaun of the Dead and Good Will Hunting.
Each film will be introduced by answering some of the big questions and then commentary will continue throughout the film, pausing to dive in to science with the resident scientist.
Getting intergalactic for Alien (Friday 15 May), scientist and host of BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science, Adam Rutherford is joined by comedian Richard Sandling; hopefully there’ll be no need to call Houston with Apollo 13 (Saturday 16 May) with BBC1’s Bang Goes the Theory host Dallas Campbell and scientific backup, John Chase plus comedian Helen Keen – the host of the first ever comedy night at CERN. Scientist Steve Mould from the Festival of the Spoken Nerd, talks us through the realities of Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Saturday 1 May) with flipboard toting comedian, Bec Hill. Virologist and zombie expert Karl Byrne gives us a crash course in zombie survival ready for Shaun of the Dead (Sunday 17 May) with BAFTA nominated comedian Nat Luurtsema. And it all adds up for the final screening of Good Will Hunting (Sunday 17 May) with mathematician James ‘Numberphile’ Grimes and QI Elf and co-creator of the fantastic QI podcast, ‘No Such Thing as A Fish’, Dan Schreiber.
Ponder the science of fiction no more. Comedy genius.
Tickets are £18 or £12 for students and under 10s. Book online: popupscreens.co.uk
Pop Up Screens – Science Flicktion will be popping up on 15-17 May at:
The Chelsea Old Town Hall