On Friday 13th July join film-makers Al Holmes and Al Taylor with Prof Brian Greene at the premier of The Creator and post screening debate and audience Q and A. The Creator journeys into the surreal dream world of the visionary scientist Alan Turing, the father of the computer age and seed of Thinking Machines. Through Turing’s dream diaries, the Thinking Machines from the future embark on a quest to discover their origins and destiny in the universe. During Jungian therapy with Doctor Greenbaum, Turing discovers the secrets of his unconscious mind and what drives him to build a Thinking Machine. With the reality of his arrest and conviction making him face the repression of his love, Turing finds himself preparing his symbolic suicide by poisoning a red apple.
Brian Greene is a Professor Mathematics and Physics at Colombia University. His area of research is superstring theory: a theory that purports to give us a quantum theory of gravity as well as a unified theory of all forces and all matter. Superstring theory has the potential to realise Einstein's long sought dream of a single, all encompassing, theory of the universe. Professor Greene is known to the public through his general-level lectures and writings. His first book, The Elegant Universe was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction, won Britain’s top prize for a book on science, and has sold more than a million copies worldwide.
Since 2001 Alan Holmes and Alan Taylor have created an award winning body of films, exhibiting internationally in galleries, site specific installations, film festivals, television and concert halls. In 2008 the duo’s critically acclaimed solo exhibition 'Eternal Youth' at FACT for the European Capital of Culture celebrations toured to the National Art Museum of China for the Olympic Games. In 2009 they were awarded the Liverpool Art Prize. In 2010 they collaborated with Philip Glass, Brian Greene and David Hwang on Icarus at the Edge of Time.
In 2012 they premiered The Creator, a new sci-fi short commissioned to celebrate Alan Turing's centenary at the Museum of Moving Image in New York.
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