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Actress Marion Cottilard being held back by a man in a hazard suit


Presented by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival and ACMI



20 Aug

Contagion is a science fiction medical thriller featuring an ensemble cast that includes Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and Jude Law. Through several intertwining plotlines, we see the spread of a deadly virus and its attempted containment by scientists and public health authorities.

Free: to attend this screening please pre-register with the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

  • Join our panel of medical researchers, writers and health workers as they consider just how vulnerable to pandemics we are as a society and what role fiction plays in educating or misleading the public about these risks.

    Panellists include science fiction writer and long-time book reviewer for The Age Lucy Sussex, fact-driven science fiction writer Andrew MacRae and infection and immunity researcher at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Dr Marc Pellegrini. The MC for the evening is the CEO of Biomelbourne Network, Dr Krystal Evans.