Best of SCINEMA 2017 – science cinema (M)

Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub is proud to present


2 hours of the best films from the 2017 International Science Film Festival showcasing some wonderful short films from across the planet.

When: 7pm, Friday 18 August 2017.

Where: James Theatre, Brown St, Dungog.

Rated M. Contains subtitles, some coarse language, scenes of animal surgery and themes of animal cruelty.



A visually stunning film illuminating the minute battles of nature from the micro to macro scale as a rhinoceros beetle, attacked by a fungus, struggles between life and death. Even the tiniest things can have a huge impact. Award for Technical Merit.

Einstein-Rosen from Spain
It’s the summer of 1982. Teo claims he has found a wormhole. His brother Oscar does not believe him… at least not for now. “A quirkily charming and entertaining film.” Best Short Film.

Pangolins in Peril – A story of rare scales
The rare secretive Pangolin plays a vital ecological role but is on the verge of extinction. Two brave and passionate wildlife watchers fight against the odds to save the endangered Pangolin. “Simply and beautifully produced film that shows conservation biology in a political and social setting” Award for Scientific Merit.

The Purple Plain
How different would things have been if it had been one small step for a woman, and one giant leap for mankind? Inspired by the true story of Mercury 13; the first women who tested for space flight. Best Director.

Think Like a Scientist: Natural Selection in an Outbreak
Computational geneticist Pardis Sabeti and disease ecologist Lina Moses bring us to the front line of the 2013-15 Ebola epidemic and explain the science behind how this event became the largest Ebola outbreak in history. Best Experimental/Animation.

Fix And Release
An amazing team at a turtle trauma centre in Ontario, Canada is determined to battle to even the odds for freshwater turtle survival in the modern world. “An important story, well told and beautifully shot”. Best Documentary.

Test Tube Babes
Two sisters that are the outcome of IVF, explain the amazing science of reproductive biology with wit and charm. “You’ll never look at a paw-paw the same way again!” Special Jury Award.

OWSIA (Darkened Water) from Iran
The aqueduct in the central Iranian city of Yazd has supplied water to the city for 2,500 years, now rots away due to bureaucracy and corruption. A 30 minute “fascinating well-made film about this living UNESCO heritage site, social politics and the complex issue of water rights”. Best Film.

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