The Fly

Pickford Film Center Bellingham, WA


Anne Sustar

Research scientist, Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington

The Fly— Why study fruit flies?

A presentation about this tiny creature that teaches us about cell biology, genetics, and developmental biology.

Pickford Film Center Bellingham, WA

Film Synopsis

When inventor Seth Brundle tests his new teleportation device on himself, a housefly slips in to the machine, causing man and insect to merge.

When scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) completes his teleportation device, he decides to test its abilities on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a housefly slips in during the process, leading to a merger of man and insect. Initially, Brundle appears to have undergone a successful teleportation, but the fly's cells begin to take over his body. As he becomes increasingly fly-like, Brundle's girlfriend (Geena Davis) is horrified as the person she once loved deteriorates into a monster.

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