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Cardiff film screening unites science with fiction

23 August 2010

A unique film screening experience designed to explain the science behind the fiction takes place at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre later this week (Friday 27th August).

The screening of Christopher Nolan’s film Inceptionstarring Leonardo di Caprio, is part of a series of unique film screenings organised by Cardiff sciSCREEN and sponsored by the University’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute, designed to put film goers alongside Cardiff University experts.

"sciSCREEN is an attempt to bring the world of science fiction in films into the real world. By bringing together film goers with Cardiff University experts we hope to gain a wider understanding of the science behind the story", according to Dr Jamie Lewis from Cardiff University’s MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, who is one of the organisers of the events.

Inception centres on the life of a corporate spy who enters the mind of his victims to steal information, and his audacious attempt to plant an idea in the mind. After the film, viewers will get the chance to be part of a panel discussion with an expert panel including a psychologist, a philosopher, a sociologist and an academic from Cardiff Business School.

The panel consists of Professor Ken Peattie from Cardiff University’s Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS), Professor Alessandra Tanesini from the University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy and Dr Robin Smith
from the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) and Professor Mark Blagrove, Swansea University.

The discussion will use the film to explore the psychology of lucid dreaming, business ethics and intellectual property, representations of urban environments, and the ownership of mental states.

Cardiff sciSCREEN takes places on Friday August 27th at 5.45pm. Advance tickets are available by contacting the Chapter Arts Centre on 029 2030 4400.



1. Further information on the sciScreen series is available at: or by contacting Dr Jamie Lewis on

2. Cardiff University’s sciScreen event is a joint collaboration between Cardiff University’s MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric and Genomics (CNGG) and ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen) and the Wales Gene Park.

3. The event is sponsored by Cardiff University’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute.

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