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Centre for Science Communication Premieres

Tuesday, 25 October 2016


Just how dangerous are cats to themselves and to us? How difficult is it for a dog to become a crafty sheep wrangler? Is there a more effective way to identify the American Foul Brood disease that infects our bee hives? How ‘plastic’ are our brains and are there ways individuals with brain damage could treat themselves?

The answers to these four questions will be found at the Regent Theatre on Friday 28 October at 7.30pm.

The premiere of films at the Regent Theatre by students graduating from its Science and Natural History Filmmaking programme has become a Dunedin institution.

This year four students from the Centre for Science Communication's Master of Science Communication (Science and Natural History) Filmmaking programme will premiere their 25-minute films. Tickets are available from the Regent Theatre or Ticket Direct.

Literature & Lager

Less well known, but equally enjoyable, is Literature & Lager, which premieres works from the Centre’s Creative Non-fiction Writing programme in a convivial atmosphere.

This year, the event is being held upstairs at the Captain Cook Hotel - itself a Dunedin institution in “Scarfie Land” - on Thursday 27 October at 7pm.

Students from the Centre will read from their works covering topics as diverse as shark attacks and the morning after pill, all with a nod to the science involved, but conveyed in an interesting and creative way.

The Centre’s writing programme is headed by award-winning authors Lloyd Spencer Davis and Jesse Bering. Their philosophy of pushing boundaries through innovative story telling is embraced by their students.

“Jesse and I are akin to gardeners; we nurture talents the students possess, allowing them to develop their unique voices,” says Professor Davis.

Come along for a fun-filled evening of beautifully crafted words washed down with the beverage of your choice. Free entry; all welcome.

About the Films

Toxic Zombie Death Machines
... a love story 
by Jeremy Anderson

New Zealand has a problem. We’re very fond of cats but there are now too many of them and they are a serious threat to our environment. Is the solution to love them more.... or something else?

Raised for Rewards
....a sheepdog’s life
 by Varun Surendran

Clever, hardworking, dedicated sheepdogs are invaluable to kiwi farmers. But being trained to be such an amazing worker isn’t straight forward.

A Million Dollar Nose?
...tracking down trouble by Sarah Hight

The 3000 bee hives that support Richelle's farming lifestyle are threatened by a deadly disease. Undaunted, Richelle thinks ‘outside the box’. But will her novel approach to the problem work?

Mind Games
....rethinking rehab by Kirsten Flint

Brain injuries are often life-changing and debilitating. Rehabilitation can help undo some of the damage. But rehab services in New Zealand are desperately stretched and not always easily accessible. Fortunately, there may be a simple answer.

Literature and Lager
7pm Thursday 27 October
Captain Cook Hotel (upstairs)
Free Entry

Film Premiere
7.30pm Friday 28 October
Regent Theatre
$10 (plus booking fee)
Tickets available from the Regent Theatre or Ticket Direct