Screening Contagion Film Series: ‘Shaun of the Dead’

HUMANITIES BROADCAST: A panel discussion including Colin Burnett, associate professor of film and media studies; and Christine Johnson, associate professor of history, both from Washington University - Screening Contagion Film Series

The Screening Contagion Film Series invites you to view four pandemic films, then attend a series of panel discussions with faculty drawn from a variety of disciplines. The four films include a Hollywood blockbuster (Steven Soderbergh, Contagion), a classic of world cinema (Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal), a horror comedy (Edgar Wright, Shaun of the Dead) and a contemporary documentary about the Wuhan lockdown (Ai Weiwei, Coronation). How might these films help us understand pandemics in the past, present and future? How does our own pandemic moment inform how we view these films? Please join us for a wide-ranging conversation with faculty in the humanities, arts and medicine as they help us make sense of our own experiences with COVID-19.

Film discussions take place February 11, March 11, April 8 and April 29.

This film discussion series is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 8 discussion: Edgar Wright, Shaun of the Dead (2004)

A man’s uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse.

View a recording of this discussion here.

Members of the Washington University community (with a WUSTL key) may view the film prior to the discussion here. (Click on “WUSTL online resource” to be connected to the film.) All others can find stream/rent/buy options on


Colin Burnett, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, Washington University 

Christine Johnson, Associate Professor of History, Washington University 

Piroska Kopar, Director, Center for Humanism and Ethics in Surgical Specialties (CHESS) and Assistant Professor of Acute and Critical Care Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine

Jan Tumlir, Los Angeles–based art writer

View a recording of this discussion here.