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World Premiere: Dancing with Atoms - a documentary on the life of Sir Paul Callaghan

World Premiere Documentary Screening

Dancing with Atoms: World Première documentary screening

The MacDiarmid Institute invites you to a World Première documentary about Sir Paul Callaghan.  This event is a fundraiser for the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

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3.30pm - 5.30pm Sunday 20 May
Embassy Theatre, Kent Terrace, Wellington

World Première of DANCING WITH ATOMS
A documentary film by Point of View Productions

In November 2008, Sir Paul Callaghan awoke to find himself in hospital after radical bowel surgery. Thus began a different trajectory in the life of one of New Zealand’s most exceptional scientists and public figures.
In the time left, he redoubled his efforts to communicate his campaign to make New Zealand ‘A place where talent wants to live’ and issued a last challenge to New Zealanders to make the mainland predator-free.
Film-maker Shirley Horrocks, one of New Zealand’s leading documentary makers, has documented the lives of many artists including Marti Friedlander and Len Lye. In this film, she discovers the world of atoms and molecules that so entranced Sir Paul. He used nuclear magnetic resonance as a choreographer directs the dance. This film is a beautifully composed mosaic of memories by his brother Jim, colleagues, students and friends who were close to him, recording Sir Paul’s unique personality and vision.
This film has been funded by the MacDiarmid Institute (which Sir Paul founded in 2002), AUT, Callaghan Innovation, Kiwibank, Massey University, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Royal Society Te Apārangi, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, University of Otago, University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington



Sun 20 May 2018

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM NZST


Embassy Theatre

Wellington, Wellington 6011


No Refunds

Apply for limited number of free tickets for students

We have student tickets generously donated to enable those who cannot afford to pay, to attend the screening. To apply for these tickets, please email:

a) your name and student ID
b) a brief statement as to why you want to come and see the documentary

to by 4 May 2018.

If we have more applications than free tickets, we'll use the short statement to help make the selection.