ESRC Festival of Social Science Film Screenings
  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building

  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building

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We are delighted to bring you two films highlighting the weird and wonderful aspects of British life. 

Thursday 8 November (start time: 19:00): Arcadia

The first film is a special screening of Arcadia, a provocative and poetic new film exploring our relationship with the land, showing different versions of the countryside and its conflicting histories. 

Directed by BAFTA-winning director Paul Wright, Arcadia is a sensory journey into the beauty and brutality, magic and madness of our changing relationship with Rural Britain and each other. 

The film combines over 100 years of archive film with a grand, expressive new score by Adrian Utley of Portishead and Will Gregory of Goldfrapp.

  • Arcadia is rated for 15 years and older. 
  • Running time: 78 minutes.

Friday 9 November (start time: 19:00): From the Sea to the Land Beyond

This fascinating and moving film by award-winning director Penny Woolcock is a lyrical portrait of Britain's coastline, created through an exquisite combination of evocative archive footage drawn from the BFI National Archive and stirring music.

Brighton-based band British Sea Power set the course for this cinematic voyage with an original score that ebbs and flows with the natural sounds of seagulls, ships and snippets of speech to create a deeply compelling and uniquely uplifting film experience.

  • From the Sea to the Land Beyond is rated U. 
  • Running time: 73 minutes. 

Please register your free place via the above links.


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About the ESRC Festival of Social Science

(extract from the ESRC* website)

The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.

You may be surprised at just how relevant the festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.


Everyone - from schoolchildren to politicians - can take part in and hear about social science research in the festival's many engaging events.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more.

Visit the ESRC Festival of Social Science website for more information about the festival.

* ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council.


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