Award winning film ‘Me, Earl and the Dying Girl’ will be screened at the Cambridge Picture House on Monday 1 February as part of a unique British Science Association Cambridgeshire Branch SciScreen event dedicated to highlighting the amazing scientists here in Cambridge committed to beating cancer sooner.

Professor Tony Green, Head of Cambridge University Department of Haematology and Cancer Research UK Cambridge Cancer Centre Co-lead on Haematological cancers will open the evening with a talk on ‘What is Leukaemia and what causes it?’ followed by an exclusive screening of the hit indie film ‘Me, Earl and the Dying Girl’.

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
Starring: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, R. J. Cyler. USA 2015. 105 mins.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s second feature is a smart, witty tale built upon an unlikely premise. Rachel (Cooke) has leukaemia; Greg (Mann) is a sarky student obliged by his overbearing mother (Connie Britton) to befriend her; and the titular Earl (Cyler) is the pal with whom Greg shares a love of movies.

Mann and Cooke, who excelled in Beautiful Creatures and The Signal respectively, are perfectly matched as the ill-matched couple, their verbal sparring sharply written by Jesse Andrews from his own novel.

The supporting cast, especially Molly Shannon as Rachel’s boozy mum, are equally delightful. And it’s not a spoiler to say that the film’s biggest virtue is its unpredictability.

Booking for this event has now closed.