What happens when children conceived using donor sperm become inquisitive as to their biological origins? No, this isn’t a review of the recent Hollywood film ‘The Kids Are All Right’, but an invitation to find out for yourself with a showing of the exciting documentary ‘Donor Unknown’.
In collaboration with The Lantern Theatre, Science Brainwaves invite you to our first film night at 19:30 on 27th October 2011, at which we will be screening ‘Donor Unknown’. This recent documentary follows JoEllen Marsh, a 20 year old from Pennsylvania who was raised by her two mothers. JoEllen sets off in search of her biological father, known to her only as ‘Donor 150’. On her journey she discovers that she has 12 half-siblings all of whom are fathered by the same donor. Eventually she meets her biological father, Jeffrey Harrison, who is now aged 52 and living in a motorhome on Venice Beach, California – with his 4 dogs and a pigeon!
This fascinating documentary sheds light on the unorthodox family relationships which are created by sperm donation – something which was purely a philosophical debate only a generation ago. You can find out more about the film here at http://www.donorunknown.com/. However, the best way to find out more is to come along to our special screening event and see it for yourself!
The excitement doesn’t end with the showing of the film – we are very delighted to have The University of Sheffield’s Dr Allan Pacey joining us for the evening. Dr Pacey was scientific advisor for the film and will be taking your questions after the showing.
Dr Pacey is the Senior Lecturer in Andrology at the Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine within the University of Sheffield. He is also Head of Andrology for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals where he directs the clinical andrology laboratory and is in charge of the sperm banking service. Due to Dr Pacey’s expertise in the areas of sperm donation, and assisted reproduction, he has commented regularly in the media on these subjects. Donor Unknown is not the first television program he has been involved with; he previously worked on The Great Sperm Race (2009), The Truth About Food (2007), Make me a Baby (2007) and Lab Rats (2004). You can read more about Dr Pacey, his research, and his academic interests here http://www.shef.ac.uk/humanmetabolism/people/pacey.
The opportunity to discuss these issues with a leading expert in this field is truly one not to be missed. We really hope you will join us on what will be a very exciting, enlightening and enjoyable evening. Tickets can be bought at a bargain price of £4.00 each from The Lantern Theatre at http://www.tickets.lanterntheatre.org.uk/shows/show_menu.php.
Does this sound like a good night out? Of course it does! Tickets are limited so please buy yours ASAP and we look forward to seeing you on the 27th October at 19:30.
The Science Brainwaves Team.