24/06/2014, 18:00 - 21:00
Iris, based on the life of British writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch, is a story of unlikely yet enduring love. As a young academic, Murdoch meets and eventually falls in love with fellow professor John Bayley, a man whose awkwardness seems in stark opposition to the self-confidence of his future wife. The story unfolds through Bayley’s eyes.
He recalls their first encounter over 40 years earlier. These images portray Murdoch as a vibrant young woman with great intellect and are contrasted with the novelist’s later life, after the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease have ravaged her. Murdoch’s great mind deteriorates until she is reduced to a mere vestige of her former self, unable to perform simple tasks and completely reliant on her husband.
Following the 6pm screening of Iris, Cardiff sciSCREEN presents a free panel discussion. We will explore themes brought up in the film including dementia, social care and ageing. Confirmed speakers include Profs Kim Graham, John Gallacher and Joanna Latimer. Free food and drinks will be provided and everyone attending is welcome to take part in the debate.
Please note, this film carries a 15 certificate.
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