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Hidden Figures

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Irresistably uplifting

The Guardian

Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Picture & Best Supporting Actress.

Discover the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanised the world.

A pure crowd-pleasing triumph.

British Society for the History of Science

Hidden Figures + Introduction and discussion

Monday 27 February, 17:45

Come and celebrate the Black women of science on screen with this special show of Hidden Figures presented in association with the British Society for the History of Science.

All welcome for a discussion of gender, race, and the race for space in Hidden Figures. What is the potential impact of improving the visibility of black women scientists in film? Why should the film industry improve the visibility of women in science? Why does promoting and normalising the idea of a woman scientist, and specifically a black woman scientist matter in 2010s?

This screening will be introduced by Dr Amy C. Chambers, a science and cinema scholar at Newcastle University. Amy’s research analyses the relationship between science and film/TV, and the importance of normalising and promoting diverse images of women scientists on screen.

Based on the book 'Hidden Figures' by Margot Lee Shetterly, which is a fascinating and illuminating history of these amazing African American women in science in 1960s America.

BBFC Advice: This film contains discrimination theme & mild bad language

Director(s): Theodore Melfi   Country of Origin: United States  Year: 2016   Running Time: 2hr 7 mins  
BBFC Advice: PG Parental guidance recommended, some scenes may be unsuitable for children.  

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Peter Nicklin said...

A little gem. Certainly not the greatest film of the year, but a well-told tale of the struggle of three brilliant, determined women to overcome the racial and sexual bigotry of their place and time, the USA in the early sixties. The telling is mostly straightforward but the film rounds off with two subtle but telling gestures by the two people who, until that point, typified the petty stupidities of segregationist Virginia. Excellent performances all-round: Kevin Costner is a revelation as the grumpy boss. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae shine in the three central roles. Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons play the baddies with real relish and special mention to Glen Powell for his Tiggerish portrayal of John Glenn.

The central story is about these three women, but the film does not shy away from the science and mathematics that are central to them and their story. Three cheers for that, we aren't all technical illiterates and nor should we be treated as such.

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