Total Recall + Discussion R 18+

Close up of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger in a scene from the film Total Recall. He is attached to a machine and has an expression on his face that looks like he is in extreme pain.
12 October
Arc Cinema
Free (bookings essential)
Dir: Paul Verhoeven, R 18+, United States, 1990, 113mins, DCP,

Total Recall (1990), hailed as one of the best science-fiction films of all time, raises many questions about technology.

What is real and what is fantasy in inner and outer techno-space? Can we use Total Recall to test theories about how technology is influenced by social pressures and desires? To what extent are our expectations changed by the influence of technology? How have science-fiction motifs inspired 'real life' research? And why has this film become a cult classic?

Find out about all of this and more in our panel discussion!

‘The fierce and unrelenting pace, accompanied by a tongue-in-cheek strain of humour in the roughhouse screenplay, keeps the film moving like a juggernaut’ - Variety 

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.



Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research and Methods at the Australian National University. She focuses on interdisciplinary experimentation into ways digital technologies can support and diversify research in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, in relation to public culture (including Web Science), and the role of the digital in the cultural heritage sector. Terhi’s publications centre on topics related to Linked Data and knowledge representation but cover a range of other topics too, from the role of gamification and informal online environments in education to 3D digital models.

Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens is a Lecturer in Popular Entertainment Studies at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science and the Head of the Popsicule – ANU’s Science in Popular Culture and Entertainment Hub. Her research explores the cultural meanings of science.



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