Science on Screen: The Lucky Specials

22 November 2017

Location: The Francis Crick Institute, 1 Midland Road, London, NW1 1AT

Time: 19:00-22:00

The Lucky Specials

Image credit: Discovery Learning Alliance 

The Lucky Specials are a cover band in a dusty town in southern Africa. Mandla is a miner by day and plays lead guitar for The Lucky Specials by night, and dreams of catapulting his small-time band to the big stage. Things are looking promising for the band, but when tragedy strikes they struggle to hold everything together. Through the obstacles, The Lucky Specials must find the strength to turn their dreams into reality. This film is a gripping personal journey with an uplifting musical soundtrack that will transport you to sunny southern Africa.

Join us at the Crick on 22 November to enjoy this ground-breaking film, followed by a panel discussion featuring Crick scientists Max Gutierrez and Robert Wilkinson, and Wellcome's Georgia Bladon, who will explore the film's themes including the growing problem of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) and the challenges facing healthcare in the 21st century. 


  • Georgia Bladon, International Engagement Manager, Wellcome
  • Max Gutierrez, Group Leader, Host-Pathogen Interactions in Tuberculosis Laboratory at the Crick
  • Robert J Wilkinson, Group Leader, Tuberculosis Laboratory at the Crick; Director of the Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa at the University of Cape Town; and Director of the Crick African Network

Age guidance: Recommended for 12+

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This autumn and winter the Francis Crick Institute presents our first film festival: a series of compelling dramas with a science twist. Come along to enjoy top notch films, a drink from the bar, complimentary popcorn and great after-show discussions with our panel of speakers from the Crick and beyond.

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