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Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary’s Shelley’s Frankenstein with a panel discussion of Promethean tales through the ages and a screening of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

As far back as the Ancient Greek myth of Prometheus, humankind has been fascinated and terrified in equal measure by the notion of ‘playing God’.  

The history of film, art and literature is marked with innumerable allegorical tales and texts reflecting our fear of science, be it Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Dr Strangelove, Jurassic Park, or our pick of movie for this event, the iconic Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Join our panel of science, film and literature experts  for a discussion of Promethean tales through the ages, followed by a screening of the spectacular sci-fi action thriller. 

  • Kim Newman: Film critic, journalist, novelist, film historian, expert and author of the seminal Nightmare Movies: A Critical History of the Horror Film
  • Caitjan Gainty: Lecturer in the History of Science, Technology & Medicine, King’s College London
  • Matt Kimberley: Head of Content for the Science Museum’s forthcoming Science Fiction exhibition
  • Pippa Hough: Senior Content Developer for Contemporary Science and Curator of the Science Museum’s Frankenstein Festival

Please note: This film is in digital 2D format and not an IMAX 15/70mm 3D experience.


Terminator 2: Judgement Day—Digital 2D screening
(Dir. James Cameron, USA, 1991, Running Time 137 mins, Certificate 15)

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s iconic cyborg killing machine returns from the future to protect the young John Connor, who is pursued by an even more deadly robot, the shape-shifting and seemingly indestructible T1000.

Terminator 2’s ground breaking use of computer generated effects make it one of the most important science fiction films of all time, and its reflection of our anxieties concerning artificial intelligence, robotics and nuclear weaponry make it the perfect film to follow this panel discussion.

Support Short: AI Therapy
(Dir. Chris Vernon & Emerald Fennell, UK, 2018, Running Time 2 mins, Certificate 15)

After 100 years of progress, AI bots have finally become too human for their own good.

Originally commissioned by TED 2018, AI Therapy is a Mother London production, starring Rebecca Front and Hugh Skinner, and written by James Ross Edwards.

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