[dir: Shane Carruth, 2004, 75 mins]
Aaron and Abe, two young engineers dabbling in a side-line entrepreneurial tech project, stumble upon a means to travel through time in Shane Carruth’s ultra low-budget debut, one of a select line-up of films that represent the point at which science and artistic practice best converge – to gloriously cerebral effect.
Carruth (who has a degree in mathematics and had zero experience of film-making before Primer) applies a rigorously intellectual approach to the concept of time travel, investigating its potential applications and knotty conundrums in a real-world fashion, challenging the audience to keep pace with the often dizzying amount of parallel and alternative realities Aaron and Abe’s time travel device opens up.
This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Dr Matt Hayler (Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Digital Cultures), Dr Nikk Effingham (Senior Lecturer in Philosophy), and is chaired by Edward Jackson, academic and local history enthusiast.
Presented by Midlands Arts Centre in partnership with Arts & Science Festival.