Physics meets film: Quantum Shorts screening and Q&A (Brisbane)

Join us for a screening of the 10 finalists in the Quantum Shorts film competition and a Q&A with quantum physicists!

Date: 13 May 2021
Time: 6:30–8:15 pm, entry from 6:00 pm
Venue: Red Hill Cinemas (14 Enoggera Terrace, Red Hill, QLD 4059)
Cost: FREE (ticket includes entry to the event; food and drink will be available for purchase)

In addition to screening the films, we have a panel of scientists ready to answer your quantum questions:

Sally Shrapnel studies the notion of cause and effect in the quantum world.  She uses machine learning to infer causal relationships from different types of data and to predict the effects of clinical and other interventions.

Jacinda Ginges performs tests of the fundamental theories of physics.  Working mostly with heavy atoms, these tests also act as searches for new physics beyond the standard model of particles, such as dark matter and supersymmetry.

Glen Harris works in the field of optomechanics, which involves using light to control and probe mechanical motion.  For example, he studies the behaviour of thin superfluid films on silicon chips when shined with a laser, which provides insights into quantum turbulence and could lead to the development of extremely precise sensors.

Quantum Shorts in an international competition that showcases quantum-inspired short films.  This year's finalists ranged from those that made the judges “laugh out loud” to those that were “painfully touching”, from the “slightly absurd” to the “brilliantly unexpected”.

The 10 finalists were chosen from 224 films received from 52 different countries.  They are made in styles including live action, puppeteering and animation, across a range of genres.  You can watch a comedic take on quantum superposition, immerse yourself in a suspenseful game of hide-and-seek, and solve a crime with quantum clues.

For more info about Quantum Shorts, visit their website.

The films are rated for general audiences, but some touch on themes such as loss and existentialism, which may be distressing for some viewers.

Most films are subtitled; a few involve on-screen messages or subtitles (eg, for dialogue in languages other than English).  Lift access is available (the screening is located on the upstairs level).

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Major funding support

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present.