Stem Cell Revolutions

Amy Hardie (Producer), Clare Blackburn (Producer)

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Abstract / Description of output

Stem Cell Revolutions 2011. Feature Documentary.
Made through an innovative structural collaboration between artists and scientists, the feature documentary “Stem Cell Revolutions” shows leading current scientific and clinical developments. The speed of the technical development in stem cells, and the consequences for ethics and biology, have kept this field newsworthy, but also made it hard to assess genuine scientific progress and to go beyond conventional news reporting. An innovative collaboration between leading stem cell scientist Professor Blackburn and distiguished documentary director Dr Hardie has created a project with high international standing which is rapidly becoming a benchmark in the field. Offering diverse audiences new opportunities to engage with the issues and with each other, the film has been received with appreciation from a wide range of international audiences: scientists and film-makers, patients and the public, students, educators and regulators. The film’s impact is evidenced by extensive audience feedback, by peer review in journals and conferences and by critical review. Winner of the Milan Science Festival, the film is attracting reviews from prestigious international journals including Cell, followed by invitations to hold workshops in Europe and the US. It is the subject of an impact case study by the biology department of Edinburgh University. (REF 3b)

The film was selected and funded by the Society award of the Wellcome Trust and has been the cornerstone of 14 UK ‘roadshow’ events, each hosted by a distinguished scientist. Detailed feedback on audience response has been collated throughout both production and distribution, leading to valuable new knowledge that overturns previous preconceptions about audience preferences. A book is currently planned based on the participants in the film, including reflection on its innovative working collaboration between scientist and artist.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCafé Scientifique, Manchester: global screenings
Media of outputDVD
Sizefeature 75mins
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventRoad show featuring scientists leading audience engagement - 16 cities UK including London, Cambridge, Glasgow, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Nov 201111 Mar 2012

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • stem cell biology
  • public engagement
  • documentary


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