Is accuracy essential in films about science?

28 Feb

Science in Cinema.

“Kid, I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other, and I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen *anything* to make me believe that there’s one all-powerful Force controlling everything.” – Han Solo, skeptic

How important is scientific accuracy in film?
How much is enough?
What matters? And what doesn’t?

Meroe Candy of the Wellcome Trust discusses the role of scientific accuracy in film…

Wellcome Trust Blog

5396290870_2fd3baf35c_b With the Oscars on the horizon we invited Meroë Candy, film and drama development manager at the Wellcome Trust, to tackle one of the big questions about science on film – does it always have to be scientifically accurate?

This weekend the film Gravity looks set to repeat its box office and BAFTA successes with an Academy Award at the Oscars. The film has been exceptionally well received by audiences and critics, however its release raised eyebrows regarding the accuracy of the science on screen. The significance of scientific accuracy in film has been an on-going debate and is an apt question for the Wellcome Trust, which supports films inspired by science.

In his book Lab Coats in Hollywood, David Kirby discusses the tensions between popularisation of science through film, and depiction of accurate science. He advises scientists who consult on films, “If your only concern with cinematic science…

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