ESRC Festival of Social Science 2016: Films
  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2016 we have selected a number of films to reflect the themes of this year’s event: Pirates, Entrepreneurs and Visionaries.

All films are free to view and no booking is required.

Saturday 5 November (start time: 16:00)

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Starring the late, great Gene Wilder as Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, the visionary chocolate maker!

  • Running time: 99 minutes
  • Director: Mel Stuart
  • Cast: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear
  • Cert: U. Target audience - open to all; under 16s need to have a parent/guardian present

Wednesday 9 November (start time: 20:30)

A Hijacking/Kapringen (2012; Danish, with subtitles)

Join us after the celebration event to watch this Danish thriller about a ship hijacking by modern-day Somali pirates.

  • Running time: 99 minutes
  • Director: Tobias Lindholm
  • Cast: Søren Malling, Pilou Asbæk, Dar Salim
  • Cert: 15. Target audience - open to over 16s only, interested in serious films and foreign language films

Sunday 13 November (start time: 16:00)

The Princess Bride (1987)

Join us for the final film in our series featuring princesses, pirates, giants, revenge, bandits, true love and impossible feats of endurance and derring-do!

  • Running time: 98 minutes
  • Director: Rob Reiner
  • Cast: Peter Falk, Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Chris Sarandon, André the Giant, Mandy Patinkin
  • Cert: PG. Target audience - open to all; under 16s need to have a parent/guardian present

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About the ESRC Festival of Social Science 

(extract from the ESRC* website)

The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.

You may be surprised at just how relevant the festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.


Everyone - from schoolchildren to politicians - can take part in and hear about social science research in the festival's many engaging events.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more. 2016 is the 14th year that ESRC has held the Festival of Social Science and each year the festival grows from strength to strength.

Visit the ESRC Festival of Social Science website for more information about the festival.

* ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council.


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