In the not-so-distant future, parents who can afford it pick the best from their genes to create the ‘perfect’ child, free from obesity, alcoholism and baldness. The result? An Orwellian society where unapologetic discrimination is rife and those born with the best set of genes are automatically allocated the best careers. This classic science fiction film tells the story of one man’s fight, in genetic disguise, against the hand that nature dealt him.
GATTACA will be introduced by David A. Kirby.
David was an evolutionary geneticist whose work appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences before leaving bench science to study the interactions among science, media and cultural meanings. He has explored the collaboration between scientists and the entertainment industry in his book "Lab Coats in Hollywood: Science, Scientists and Cinema".
Don't miss this special screening, in a pop-up HD cinema in MOSI's 1830 Warehouse.
If you are interested in the issues involved in this film, there is a discussion at the Manchester Museum on Saturday 3 November exploring what your DNA can reveal about you.