2018 Film Festival - The Ethics of Creating Transhuman Persons

Date: 17th Nov ' - 18th Nov '
Location: Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ [ Map ]

Biomedical Ethics Film Festival on the Creation of Transhumans

This year celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication, in 1818, of the Frankenstein novel written by Mary Shelley. In this context, the Biomedical Ethics Film Festival will examine whether Frankenstein’s monster can be considered as a transhuman? But are other possible transhumans already being created? Will they eventually replace ‘natural’ humans? Moreover, how will transhumans feel about being brought into existence? This Film Festival, which is one of the first in the world, will seek to answer some of these questions. At the end of each screening, a discussion will take place between the audience and a panel of invited experts in bioethics, science, law, medicine and politics.

The Film Festival is organised in partnership with the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, Filmhouse, the Mason Institute, at the School of Law, The University of Edinburgh, St Mary’s University, Twickenham - London and the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, USA.

EX MACHINA | Sat 17 Nov at 1.30pm

Alex Garland • USA/UK 2015 • 1h48m • Digital • 15 - Contains strong language, bloody violence, sex references. • Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Chelsea Li, Corey Johnson.

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that he has been chosen to evaluate the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava, a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated - and more deceptive - than the two men could have imagined.


FRANKENSTEIN | Sun 18 Nov at 3.45pm

James Whale • USA 1931 • 1h10m • Digital • PG - Contains mild horror and violence. • Cast: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Dwight Frye.

Karloff gives one of the great performances of all time in this stark, solid, impressively stylish film. The film’s great imaginative coup is to show the monster ‘growing up’ in all too human terms. First he is the innocent baby, reaching up to grasp the sunlight, then the joyous child, playing at throwing flowers into the lake with a little girl and finally, as he is progressively misjudged by the society that created him, the savage killer as whom he has been typecast.


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