Big Screen Bristol

We return to the Big Screen for a second year with our competition shortlist!

*Scroll down for the running order!*

Enjoy an evening of short science films on a range of topics by amateur and professional filmmakers from Bristol, the UK and around the world.

May 18th 2017
At-Bristol’s Millennium Square

A crêpe stand and refreshments will be available and you’re free to bring your own picnic. There will also be a limited number of deckchairs and plenty of room for picnic blankets. Don’t forget some layers just in case it gets chilly!

This event is run in conjunction with Big Screen Bristol and the At-Bristol team.

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 Running order:

*Bonus Film*
From our Women in STEM screening in March we’ll be kicking off the evening with another wonderful production from Liz Lister and Rebecca Hurwitz of the WisterLitz team.

Mrs Somerville’s Monument
‘Mrs Somerville, the Queen of Nineteenth Century Science, is writing another book and this time it’s about science Nobel Prize winners. A lot of information comes her way, and not all of it seems relevant. But when some of that unwanted information starts to reveal another story, Mary takes decisive action.’

Bristol Science Film Festival Competition Shortlist 2017:

Tim Gregory, Joe Scaife, and David Schultz 4.54 Billion A song about the history of the Earth! Written by two geology undergrads from the University of Manchester for Prof David Schultz and his online Coursera course “Our Earth: Its Climate, History, and Processes”.
Neve and Elliot Quantum physics Elliot and Neve brief quantum physics explanation!
Guillaume Jouvet Drone in Greenland This short film shows how scientists use drones to monitor and model the detachment of icebergs (calving) from the Bowdoin Glacier in Northwest Greenland.
Rachel Shannon Physiology A spoken word written while studying the subject at Bristol University. The poem aims to combine something of the amazement and the unfathomable of studying the human body.
Kate Ford Technicians Make it Happen A Rube Goldberg machine showcasing the amazing technicians working in STEM across the UK.
Alice Flannery Our Wild City With so many people now living in busy towns and cities, we can often feel disconnected from nature, but there is wildlife all around us if we just take a minute to appreciate it.
Dr Carla Brown, Siam Colvine Antibiotic Apocalypse The Antibiotic Apocalypse is upon us…. Our widespread ABUSE of antibiotics has resulted in the emergence of resistant bacteria, which are no longer susceptible to these therapies. In an attempt to showcase this major health concern, Game Dr, Siam Colvine and Little City Pictures have teamed up to deliver an innovative short film, combining science with creativity, design and dance to portray the causes and problems behind antibiotic resistance.
Féaron Cassidy Let STEM Grow This film was inspired by, and features, members of the Queen Mary University of London Women in Science and Engineering Committee. I realised that each of us had a story of inspiration in childhood that led us to our current research area. I wanted to make a film about this childhood wonder, by inspiring actual children, and then show what members of our committee now work on and why they love it.
Social Songbirds Megan Perra At McGill University, Dr.Jon Sakata and his graduate students Nancy Chen and Laura Matheson study how social behaviour can help young songbirds learn to sing from their tutors. They look at how active specific parts of a young bird’s brain are in different learning environments, and what they find could help people with speech and learning disabilities in the future.
Joel Sanderon Moving through time A reflection upon our moving through time and its unceasing pace with rivers, people, stone circle and sweet vapours!
Emma Salkeld, Hannah Conduit Hot or Not? A film about thermoregulation. I left Hannah out in the cold and discovered what happened to the human body when it got cold. I then made her run around and investigated what happened when she was warm.
Philippa Russell Paula’s Story: Stem Cells & Brain Repair Paula visits Professor Roger Barker at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute to learn more about how stem cell research may help people with neurodegenerative conditions. In this short film, we hear Paula’s story and her personal views on the latest stem cell research. The film is part of a short series, intended to present research from a patient point of view and to be accessible to a broad non-specialist audience. An accompanying social media campaign encouraged viewers to share their own opinions about stem cell research.
CHLOE THOMAS Dish Life What scientists really think about the stem cells they look after ‘like having thousands of pets’ .
Helen Cammack What do scientists do? – The Scientific Method Ever wondered what scientists actually spend all their days doing, and how they make scientific discoveries? Join us as we take a look at the scientific method, using the discovery of the Higgs boson as an example, and find out why scientists are never quite certain about anything…
Bartholomew Harvey Everybody’s Free (To Cure Cystic Fibrosis) Based on the popular song Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann in 1999 this serious parody reveals an unknown lecturer as he takes a new approach to describing Cystic Fibrosis, the impact it has, the developments we’ve made and asks the question, will there be a cure?
Maria Lia Malandrino, Federico Malandrino, Lev Tankelevitch, Cristiana Vagnoni Just a Touch Cold, hot, smooth, rough, soft, hard. Sensations translate the world outside into the way we experience it. But what is the nature of these sensations? What creates the link between a soft blanket and our perception of its softness? Travel along the nerves in our body, from the skin to the brain, to discover the intricate orchestra of communicating neurons that lies behind the simplest touch.
Shuang Chen Runyu Gao, Karina Espinoza To Be or Not To Be…Frozen The thoughts of the film come from the news that a 14-year-old girl wanted her body to be frozen by the technology of cryonics after her death. By interviewing professors in this field, the film gives the audience a general idea of the present situation of the technology and helps those who are considering it with a little basic knowledge.