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© Ultimate Picture Palace

Ethics In Film is brought to you by the Wellcome Centre for Ethics & Humanities (WEH) and Reuben College. This project bridges the gap between current ethical debates and the human drive to tell stories, all at an independent Oxford cinema institution - The Ultimate Picture Palace (UPP). Our Ethics in Film events are led and chaired by Angeliki Kerasidou, Associate Professor in Bioethics at the Ethox Centre and Official Fellow of Reuben College.

Upcoming events:

  • On Thursday 4th July 2024 from 17:45, the UPP will be screening the iconic film 'The Constant Gardener'. The film will be followed by a conversation on global health justice, with speakers: Caesar Atuire a health ethicist and philosopher at the University of Oxford, and Associate Professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of Ghana; Erica Charters Professor of Global History and Medicine and a historian of war, disease and empire at the University of Oxford, chaired by Angeliki Kerasidou. This is a public event and everyone is welcome. Book your tickets here!

Previous events:

  • On Thursday 29th June 2023, we hosted a screening of the film 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'. The film was followed by conversations on self, identity, medical interventions and the ethics of manipulating our memories, in a discussion led by Dr Angeliki Kerasidou (Ethox Centre, University of Oxford), with Historian Rod Bailey and NEUROSEC researcher Alex McKeown. 
  • A screening of Robot & Frank was held in June 2022, which was coordinated and chaired by Dr Angeliki Kerasidou, in conversation with Dr Mette Leonard Høeg (Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford), Dr Michael Loizou (Health Technology and Life Sciences, University of West England) on the themes of AI and loneliness raised by Jake Schreier’s Sundance Award-winning quirky sci-fi.
  • In February 2020 we co-hosted a screening of the 1958 version of ‘The Fly’ in collaboration with WEH historian Rod Bailey (Oxford Centre for History of Science Medicine and Technology, University of Oxford) and the UPP. This special screening examined Rod’s work into the origins of plastic surgery amongst World War Two secret agents and its incredible link to the original story behind ‘The Fly’.

Forthcoming events