NISF '20: Contagion

BBFC RatingNISF '20: Contagion

Showing: 18 February 2020

CertificateNot Rated
GenreAction, Drama, Sci-fi
DirectorSteven Soderbergh
CountryUnited Arab Emirates, USA
Running Time1HR 46MINS
Extra InfoSuitable for 16+
SeasonNorthern Ireland Science Festival

Join us for this special NI Science Festival screening of Contagion, followed by a discussion exploring the science behind the film.

From director Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, Out of Sight), Contagion explores the impact a lethal airborne virus has on society, forcing a group of scientists to rapidly work to stop a fatal pandemic. 

When Beth (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns from a business trip in Asia, she finds herself developing cold-like symptoms. As her condition worsens, her worried husband Mitch (Matt Damon) rushes her to hospital. What follows is a tense, stark and scarily realistic portrayal of what happens when a deadly virus spreads unimpeded, causing a worldwide panic. With a stellar cast including Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard, to name but a few, Contagion investigates how viruses spread and the people and processes involved in helping or hindering their cure. 

The Science Behind Contagion

What if a new, deadly and highly contagious agent began spreading across the world, with no prevention or treatment readily available? How would the population react? How would you react? Discuss these questions and more after the film with infectious disease experts from Queen’s University, Belfast. This is a great chance to bust myths and learn more about infection and immunity.