23rd Junior Film Fleadh  Wednesday 8th – Saturday 11th, November 2017

CANCELLED: Secrets of Superhero Science: X-Men (2000) with Barry Fitzgerald

Town Hall Theatre / 12:30 / Saturday 11th November 2017 / 12A
USA / 2000 / Action Adventure Sci-Fi / 104 mins
Full 23rd Junior Film Fleadh programme

Director Bryan Singer
Cast Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan

Due to circumstances beyond our control this has been cancelled

Synopsis: Across the world, children are born with an extra twist to their chromosomes that allow them to exhibit superhuman abilities: fire a beam of force from their eyes, sprout wings that allow flight, or read people’s minds. These ‘children of the atom’ are often feared and despised by the world, forcing these mutants to resort to desperate actions. However, one group of mutants has banded together to show the world that it need not fear their kind. Apart, they are simply scientific curiosities, freaks and monsters – but together, united by their shared belief, they are more. They are the uncanny X-Men.

X-Men was a game changer. When it was released in 2000 superhero cinema was at an all time low. Both the Batman and Superman franchises had utterly collapsed after starting strongly and, with the exception of surprise hit Blade, Marvel’s superheroes had made little inroads into the world of film. At the turn of the millennium superheroes were more or less the preserve of Comic books and the occasional cartoon. Fast-forward to 2017 and comic book films, with their tales of science fiction heroism, dominate the box-office and assorted other media. Superheroes are everywhere today.

The success of X-Men made this possible. It also started scientist Barry Fitzgerald on a journey into the Science of Superheroics. Barry is a Research Scientist at Delft University of Technology, a Scientific Communicator and Author. Last year he published his popular science book Secrets of Superhero Science.  In the book he discusses the real science and current scientific research that you need to know in order to create the superpowers of the superheroes. Iron Man suits, invisibility cloaks and web slingers are just some of the topics discussed. As well, of course, as the genetic superpowers of the X-Men.

So join us on Saturday November 11th for a screening of the film that started it all and an introduction/post-screening discussion with Barry Fitzgerald about the amazing science of superheroes and how the world of the X-Men is not as far away as we think.

“I couldn’t help thinking about the technical aspects of the X-Men. Could we actually genetically modify a person’s DNA to give them the powers of the X-Men? “
Scientist Barry Fitzgerald.

Barry Fitzgerald

Barry W. Fitzgerald was born in Limerick, Ireland on October 30th 1979, almost a year after the release of Superman. After graduating with a degree in Applied Physics from the University of Limerick (UL), he obtained a PhD in Computational Physics at UL.  He currently works as a Research Scientist at the Process & Energy department at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.  When he’s not watching superhero films or being a scientist, Barry trains for marathons and watches football at de Grolsch Veste, home of FC Twente Enschede. He has watched the 2016 film Captain America:Civil War more than 30 times and his superpower will always remain a closely kept secret.