Barbican: Frankenstein and A.C. Grayling

A screening of Frankenstein and a talk by philosopher A.C. Grayling will explore the prospect of genetically modified humans

The Barbican’s Science on Screen cinema series continues with a screening of James Whale’s 1931 horror film Frankenstein, accompanied by a presentation from philosopher A.C. Grayling.

Grayling is a professor of philosophy, the vice president of the British Humanist Association, and a fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society of Literature. He has been nicknamed the “Fifth Horseman of New Atheism" for his association with the likes of scientist Richard Dawkins and journalist Christopher Hitchens. His presentation at the Barbican’s cinema, which ties into the themes of the film, is titled “will future humanity be a genetically engineered one?”

Inspired by Mary Shelley’s 19th century novel, the film Frankenstein was one of the earliest horror films to emerge from Hollywood. It follows the scientist Henry Frankenstein and his assistant Fritz as they construct a creature from stolen body parts. It stars Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s sensitive and confused monster who, misunderstood, wreaks havoc on a nearby town.