Film and panel discussion | The Third Man: How are we entwined with anti-microbials today?

The artwork was created for the theatrical re-release of Carol Reed’s The Third Man in the UK in 1999

Credit: Courtesy of STUDIOCANAL Films Ltd


Doors open at 5 pm 

Set in postwar Vienna, Austria, The Third Man stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, who arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime (Orson Welles), only to find him dead! This award-winning 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed and written by Graham Greene, is widely considered the best British film of the 20thcentury, and might still have lessons for us today.

The plot of The Third Man deals with the use of antibiotics after World War II and how their limited availability demanded high prices and dubious use – but no spoilers! Come along to see the film and understand more about the impact antibiotics have had on society and how this has changed over time.

Panel discussion from 7.20 – 8 pm

The panel will discuss (a) how the film depicts the roles of antimicrobials in society after they had so recently been mass-produced; (b) how this has changed today; and (c) how the roles of antimicrobials has spread and gained traction across the world.


Chair: Ms. Madlen Davies, health and science reporter at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism

1) Dr. Clare Chandler, Medical Anthropologist, co-Director of the Antimicrobial Resistance Centre & Principal Investigator of the AMIS Hub, LSHTM

2) Dr. Laura Shallcross, NIHR Clinician Scientist & Honorary Consultant in Public Health, UCL

3) Mr. Ross Macfarlane, Research Development Lead, Wellcome Collection


Reception from 8 pm in the South Courtyard Cafe  


Date: Friday, 17 November 2017 from 17:30 to 20:30 (GMT)

Venue: John Snow Lecture Theatre, Keppel Street

Free to attend but registration is required. Please register using the link below.

Co-hosted by AMR Centre and AMIS Hub

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