Film: Arrival (2016)


  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building

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Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. Banks and her crew must find a way to communicate with the extra-terrestrial visitors. 

Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind. 

University of Plymouth psycholinguist Dr Caroline Floccia will introduce the film, discussing the relationship between language and thought, and focusing on the influential Whorfian hypothesis, which posits that our mental processes are shaped by the languages that we use (a core but tacit tenet of the film). 

Dr Alastair Smith, Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Plymouth, will introduce this event, which is part of the Celluloid Psychology series. 

Dr Smith will discuss human cognition being transformed through alien language.

This event is part of the Being Human Festival.

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whittaker
Running time: 116 mins
Cert: 12A 

Date: Monday 19 November
Time: 19:30
Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building
Ticket information: £5/£4.20/Friends free, 18’s and under free via YAP

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Being Human Festival: 
15–24 November

We are delighted to be taking part in the Being Human Festival 2018

This is a national festival that promotes public engagement with humanities research. 

The festival features hundreds of activities across the UK, highlighting the ways in which humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, exploring big questions, debates and innovative ideas focused around the theme of 'Origins and Endings'.

Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study, the University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

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