Science on Screen
Science on Screen Programme
CÚRAM and Galway Film Centre together run a partnership project called ‘Science on Screen’ which aims to facilitate, promote and increase the inclusion of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) content in Irish film and TV production. The partnership began in 2016 with CÚRAM funding documentary filmmaking and providing access to leading scientists and laboratories within CÚRAM, to explore methods of scientific ‘story telling’ and to produce a short film that incorporate aspects of current research being carried out by CÚRAM and its academic partners. These documentaries are available for community and educational screenings nationwide.
A Tiny Spark focuses on research being led by Dr Karen Doyle, which involves analysis of removed blood clots to see what information they may yield. This is the first study of its kind in the world and is an international collaborative study between NUI Galway, hospital partners in Beaumont Hospital and throughout Europe and the Mayo Clinic, USA. These little bundles of cells could carry a wealth of information, which could point to big improvement to people’s lives. In the film we meet three incredibly brave stroke survivors who show us that it is sometimes the little things that people miss in life after a stroke, or the small victories during recovery that mean so much.
'Bittersweet' is a half-hour documentary directed by Hugh Rodgers and produced by both Anna Rodgers and Zlata Filipovic of Invisible Thread Films. The film captures the health system’s fight to treat the rising number of diabetic patients, and warns against this troubling epidemic facing our population. It follows the personal stories of young people who are living with diabetes and their daily struggle to manage it. Over the course of the documentary, we also discover ground-breaking research and development in pharmacology and biomedical science, capturing the important work of CÚRAM’s Professor David Brayden and his team at UCD’s Veterinary Hospital, where they are developing new ways of delivering insulin to the body.
The two documentaries produced through CÚRAM’s Science on Screen initiative in 2016 in collaboration with Galway Film Centre continue to be in demand with both films selected for screening at National and International Film Festivals this year and broadcast by both TG4 and RTÉ. 'Feats of Modest Valour' recently scooped the Scientist Prize, awarded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York and received the Professional Documentary Award at Raw Science Film Festival in California.
Trailers for “Feats of Modest Valour” and “Mending Legends” which incorporate the research and researchers involved in two major EU research projects being coordinated by CÚRAM can be viewed at the following links:
Feats of Modest Valour
Investigates three individuals’ challenging physical reality of living with Parkinson’s Disease.