The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

6:00 PM 20th September 2018 Queen's Film Theatre

Special screening and Biomedical Science discussion. Starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of the woman behind the first cells successfully cultured in a dish in 1951, and how this major biomedical breakthrough affected her family.

How have the fields of cell culture, cancer and ethics evolved since then? Come and find out, and get a glimpse of the ground-breaking science carried out by postdoctoral researchers of Queen’s University Belfast, who will present their work and take part in an audience discussion.

Based on the best-selling nonfiction book of the same name, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks chronicles Deborah Lacks’ (Oprah Winfrey) search, aided by journalist Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne), to learn about the mother (Renée Elise Goldsberry) she never knew and understand how the unauthorised harvesting of Lacks' cancerous cells led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs.

This free event is organised by QFT and the Postdoctoral Development Centre of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast, as part of National Postdoc Appreciation Week (17-21 September 2018).

Total event duration: 2 hrs 30 mins approx. Special thanks to HBO.

Dir: George C. Wolfe, USA, 2017, 93 mins.