The Aeronauts | Denver Film Society | Tom Harper | USA

The Aeronauts

Tom Harper

Historical/Period, Technology/Science

EnglishUSA2019101 min

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Overview

In 1862, pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher—a real-life English aeronaut and scientist here played by Eddie Redmayne—is hoping to advance human knowledge of the weather. Facing skepticism from the scientific community, he enlists feisty balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) to take him higher than any human has flown before. Their initial ascent is all wonderment at the crystal-clear views and utter silence of the skies—but they soon encounter turbulent weather conditions, and the balloon is violently buffeted about while rising to frigid and truly dangerous heights. (In an especially memorable scene, the daredevil Wren clambers up its exterior with frozen, bleeding hands in an attempt to fix a malfunction.)


Co-writer/director Tom Harper turns out a tense and visceral adventure at altitude, juxtaposed with dramatic flashbacks on the ground that lay the foundation for Glaisher’s ambition and Wren’s recklessness.


Sponsored by Silva Insurance, Sheila K. O’Brien, British Airways, Baird, UK Government Office – Denver, IBCircle

Producer: Tom Harper, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman | Editor: Mark Eckersley | Cinematographer: George Steel | Screenwriter: Tom Harper, Jack Thorne
Cast: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel, Anne Reid, Tim McInnerny
Additional Countries: UK