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FILM – War Games, Thurs 22nd November, 7.30pm, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath

ICIA  in partnership with Bath Film Festival presents a screening of 1980s Sci-fi film War Games followed by a post-show conversation about the intersections between science, technology and culture on Thursday 22 November, 7:30pm at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath

War Games is a 1983 Sci-Fi flick directed by John Badham, starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy.  The film received three Academy Award nominations and grossed eighty million dollars in sales.

A geeky kid hacks into a supercomputer used to develop strategy for thermonuclear warfare. The machine also happens to be capable of launching a nuclear strike and gets a bit confused between simulation and the real thing. Mayhem ensues!

After the film, take part in a discussion with academics and specialists who know the territory: Dr. Joanna J Bryson is a specialist in Artificial Intelligence at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath; Mark Morris is Managing Director of the Games firm Introversion Software; Dr. Alison Waller is a literature professor at Roehampton University. The conversation will be guided by Dr. John Troyer from the University of Bath’s Department of Social & Policy Sciences. The film depicts hackers, artificial intelligence and computer scientists in a cold war framework. The discussion will include what this 80s classic tells us about cultural myths surrounding these topics, what it tell us about the early 80s and what resonances remain with our understandings today.

ICIA, University of Bath and Bath Film Festival collaborate to bring you War Games for this meeting of the Science on Screen series.

“… the geek-geist classic that legitimized hacker culture [and] minted the nerd hero.”

Wired Magazine

“… an amazingly entertaining thriller.

Chicago Sun-Times

Tickets: £6, Concessions £5, University of Bath Students £4

Call ICIA Box Office at 01225 386 777, or visit ICIA’s website: www.bath.ac.uk/icia