Time: Tuesday, 21 February, 2012, 18.00
Venue: Filmhouse, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
Tickets: Please buy tickets from the Filmhouse
The screening will be introduced by Professor Sergio Della Sala, and followed by a discussion on memory and amnesia, with Professor Della Sala giving an academic and clinical viewpoint on the film.
Film: Memento (15)
Christopher Nolan’s ground breaking thriller opens with reverse action: a Polaroid photo fading and sliding into the camera, a corpse returned to life, a gun pulled from the head, a bullet sucked into the barrel. The action thereafter plays forwards – with Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) out to track down and take revenge on whoever raped and killed his wife – save that the brief narrative chunks flash ever further backwards in time, so that we share Shelby’s confused point of view: he suffers from a rare kind of memory loss, and tries to do whatever he can to make sure he remembers in the morning.
See also: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0209144/
Guest Speaker: Prof. Sergio Della Sala
Sergio Della Sala, MD, PhD, FBPsS, FRSE, is Professor of Human Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh and an Honorary Consultant in Neurology. His field of research is Cognitive Neuropsychology, which focuses on the relationship between brain and behaviour, with particular reference to memory and amnesia.