Elysium – 35mm + Discussion MA 15+

A futuristic sci-fi landscape. A modern building is on the grassy bank of a lake. The land beyond rises upwards like a ramp and intersects the sky as if we are viewing the inside of a matrix.
23 March
Arc Cinema
Free (bookings essential)
Dir: Neill Blomkamp, MA 15+, United States, 2013, 109mins, 35mm,

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Elysium is a thought-provoking science-fiction film that explores the consequences of technology, innovation and social injustice.  

Set in a dystopian future where technology has created a society divided by class and wealth, the movie follows a factory worker named Max (Matt Damon) as he fights to bridge the gap between the privileged elite and the struggling masses. 

With powerful performances from Damon and Jodie Foster, and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, Elysium is a must-see for anyone interested in the impact of technology on society and the importance of responsible innovation. 

Join us for the screening and stay for a stimulating discussion about the themes of the film and its relevance to today's world.

Presented on a 35mm film print from the NFSA collection.



Dr Ehsan Nabavi is a Senior Lecturer at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science and the Head of the Responsible Innovation Lab at the Australian National University. As an engineer-sociologist his research explores the intersection of technology and society.   

Dr Tatiana Bur is a Lecturer in Classics for the ANU’s Centre for Classical Studies. She is a cultural historian of the ancient Greek world with research interests that span the history and philosophy of engineering (especially Greek and Roman science and technology with a focus on mechanics), ancient automata, (para)theatrical entertainment and ancient religion.

Professor Simon Niemeyer is a co-founder of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. He conducts research on deliberative democracy, which brings people who have diverse identities, backgrounds and values together to reflect on topics of societal importance. His recent project is the Global Citizens’ Assembly on Genome Editing. 


This screening is part of the SCIENCE. ART. FILM. series presented by the National Film and Sound Archive, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science and ANU Humanities Research Centre.



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