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Rise of the Planet of the Apes with Aleah Scott

  • Free
  • Screening
  • Youth event
  • Auto-captioned
  • Relaxed
Photograph of a dark exhibition space featuring a projected video on a large screen. Three people are watching the film.
Genetic Automata exhibition, Gallery photo: Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Join Aleah Scott to watch ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ (2011, cert 12A) and discuss how science fiction explores the themes of science, race and technology in our ‘Genetic Automata‘ exhibition by artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy.

Director, writer and producer Aleah Scott will introduce the film, take you through an activity and facilitate a discussion.

Free pizza, popcorn, pick’n’mix and soft drinks will be provided. Invite your friends and come along to this unique free screening.

About ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

Will Rodman (James Franco), a scientist in San Francisco, is experimenting with a drug that he hopes will cure his father’s (John Lithgow) Alzheimer’s disease. After his work is deemed a failure, Will becomes the guardian of Caesar, an infant chimp who was exposed in utero to Will’s drug. Caesar displays unusual intelligence, and Will decides to continue his experiments secretly. But as Caesar’s intellect and abilities grow, he comes to represent a threat to man’s dominion over Earth.

Watch the trailer.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Forum. To get there, take the lift or stairs up to level 1 and then follow the signs through the ‘Being Human’ gallery.


There will be auto-generated captions for this event.


This is a relaxed event, which means that if you need to, you are welcome to move around and make noise at any time.

For more information, please visit our Accessibility page. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 0 2 0. 7 6 1 1. 2 2 2 2

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About your facilitator

Head and shoulders photograph of a young woman, head tilted to one side, wearing an anorak zipped up to just below the chin.

Aleah Scott

Aleah is a filmmaker, curator and film programmer based in London. She often explores gender, race and class within her work and is interested in how these themes present themselves in unique and thought-provoking ways. Aleah’s film ‘Safe’ was recently awarded best Micro Short at BFI Future Film Festival and has been featured on NOWNESS and Girls in Film. She runs her own short-film night, FEELS, which aims to profile black and brown filmmakers.