Jay Katz and Miss Death

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Ages: 13+

Duration: 60 mins

Have you ever wondered which Sci-Fi films are more fiction than science?

Film legends, Jay Katz and Miss Death will be joined by scientists and film-buffs from the Australian Museum Research Institute to debunk the premise of some of the world’s most loved Sci-Fi films.

Join our experts in palaeontology and marine biology as they dissect the science behind your favourite films featuring terrifying reptiles, beasts and prehistoric creatures in this free, online event.

Could dinosaurs really be cloned using DNA from a mosquito? Is it possible that a shark strong enough to bite through a whale could exist in the deepest parts of the ocean?

Uncover answers to these questions and much more!

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Jay Katz and Miss Death


Jaimie Leonarder (SBS Movie Show, Love and Anarchy) and Aspasia Leonarder (FBi Naked City) are co-curators of the Mu-Meson Archives, a repository of film, literature and vinyl, and co-hosts of the Naked World podcast.

For well over three decades, they have provided Sydney with a range of experimental cultural events that explore the fringes of film, music and philosophy.

Dr Matthew McCurry


Dr Matthew McCurry is a vertebrate palaeontologist and functional morphologist at the Australian Museum Research Institute. His work focuses on understanding the behaviour, ecology and evolution of extinct species using the fossil record. Matthew incorporates fieldwork, descriptive palaeontology, comparative anatomy, 3D scanning and cutting-edge biomechanical simulations to discover new fossil species and gain new insights into how they once lived.

Dr Patrick Smith


Dr Patrick Smith obtained a PhD at Macquarie University looking at Middle Cambrian (500–510 million year old) marine invertebrates from Ross River Gorge near Alice Springs in Central Australia. He also was a previous curator at the Richmond Marine Fossil Museum (Kronosaurus Korner) in far northwest Queensland and a technical officer in the geology department at the University of New South Wales. Currently, he is working to database the Australian Museum’s entire Palaeontology Collection.

Dr Laetitia Gunton


Dr Laetitia Gunton is a Technical Officer in Marine Invertebrates at the Australian Museum Research Institute, with over six years of experience working with natural collections. Laetitia’s research uses the Australian Museum collections to understand species diversity, distribution and connectivity in the Australian deep-sea environment (200 to 5000 m depth) particularly within Australian Marine Parks.

Jaever (Jae) Santos


Jae Santos is a Technical Officer working with the Australian Museum Research Institute’s Malacology collections. Before joining the Australian Museum in 2020, Jae worked and volunteered with the Auckland War Memorial Museum in New Zealand, rehousing and digitising their marine invertebrate collection. Jae has a background in cephalopod taxonomy researching an integrative taxonomic approach to describe new bottletail squids from New Zealand waters.

Sydney Science Trail for everyone

The super-fun online Sydney Science Trail is packed with on-demand activities, kids games and opportunities to learn both at home and in the classroom. Take the trail and be rewarded for what you discover. Complete the science quiz at the end of each level and receive your badge – see how many you can collect!