Cancer Research UK and Cardiff sciSCREEN held a special free screening of the film 50/50 followed by a panel discussion.
The comedy-drama, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, was followed by talks from experts on the themes of the film and its portrayal of cancer, along with an open group discussion.
Date: Thursday 16th July 2015
Venue: Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, CF24 4HQ
About the film
Inspired by the writer’s (Will Reiser) personal experiences, 50/50 is the story of Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a 27 year old diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. With a 50/50 chance of survival, the film follows Adam’s life through treatment and the effect of cancer on his relationships with partner Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard), best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) and his family. 50/50 draws humour from the situation while demonstrating the strength of a good support network for people with cancer, reminding us of the importance of friendship and love.
Watch the trailer here.
About our speakers
Alice Roythorne was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when she was 27. After going through treatment and having a child at the same time, Alice recovered from Lymphoma when, 10 years later, she was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare cancer, particularly in women. Alice ran the London Marathon this year to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Dr Annmarie Nelson is Deputy Director of Marie Curie Palliative Care Research at Cardiff University, where she is interested in the cancer patient experience at all levels and, as such, has initiated a range of qualitative studies linked to existing clinical trials, and works closely with Involving People to develop an active consumer group at the Wales Cancer Trials Unit.
Sian Whelan is a Cancer Research UK Senior Cancer Nurse, working with clinical trial teams to identify and support patients suitable for clinical trials. Trials are essential for identifying treatments that are more effective and less harmful to patients. Sian also spends time attending charity events to raise awareness for cancer research.
Professor Alan Clark is the Director of the Cardiff Cancer Research UK Centre, which aims to increase the rate at which findings are translated into therapies. Professor Clarke leads a research group investigating the molecular basis of cancer, particularly focusing on the initial alterations that transform normal cells into cancer cells.
This film is rated 15.
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