APSA BAPFF film director makes an appearance during World Science Festival Brisbane


From the streets of New York to the banks of the Brisbane River, the World Science Festival is coming to town with a big-thinking, high-energy, supercharged celebration of science across five days from 9-13 March.

More than 100 scientific luminaries from nine countries will gather for the inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane (WSFB) at venues across the Cultural Precinct and South Bank.

The WSFB event Film and Talk: The Martian will provide an opportunity for the general public to view the film and listen to a panel of scientific experts discuss whether it actually gets the science right.

With 20 years in the film industry,   will moderate the panel comprised of Andy Thomas, Mark Huffam and Pamela Conrad, who will talk about their own experiences and space travel as depicted in the film: the representations of gravity; dust storms on Mars; Mark Watney’s Rover; and the truth about how comfortable space suits really are.

Pamela Conrad is an astrobiologist and planetary scientist working at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland.

In 1996, Dr Andrew “Andy” Thomas became the first Australian to take part in space research mission.

Mark Huffman is an Irish film and television producer, best known for producing Saving Private Ryan, Prometheus, Mamma Mia!, The Hours, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Johnny English, and Game of Thrones.

WSFB will be held over five days and will showcase science at its best. The festival will feature more than 100 public events and big thinkers from across the globe. For more information on the World Science Festival Brisbane, visit: worldsciencefestival.com.au.

When: Sunday, 13 March

Where: Playhouse, QPAC, Cnr Melbourne and Grey Streets, South Brisbane

Duration: 3-6.30pm Tickets and bookings: Adult $30 l Concession $25

Buy tickets here.