Antonia’s Line (15) + Presentation by Jeroen Lamb
Antonia’s Line is a modern Dutch classic, written and directed by Marleen Gorris, who described the movie as “a celebration of life”.
The story features the return of the widow Antonia to the village of her birth and the development of a tight-knit matriarchal community around her. Exploring themes of life, love and desire, this quirky film focuses on a family line of mothers and daughters who are independent, creative and intelligent.
With one of the female characters being a mathematics protege, Antonia’s Line touches upon the issue of gender imbalance in science. Despite the fact that this is by now well-documented and recognised as a problem, it remains a formidable challenge. The presentation will focus on unconscious gender bias in science.
Antonia’s Line won the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Foreign Language Film in 1996; other accolades include Best Screenplay at the Chicago International Film Festival and the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Jeroen Lamb is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London. He studied Theoretical Physics at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands and obtained a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Amsterdam in 1994. Since 1995 he has resided in the UK: during 1995-1999 at the University of Warwick and since 1999 at Imperial College London. The main thrust of his research centres around the question how changes in dynamical behaviour (motion) can be explained and predicted.