Dir: Alison Rose
Canada / 2015 / 87mins
★★★★ "Rose is on top of her game, and delivers a skillful and emotional portrait of a friendship" - Critics Associated
"This is a wonderful, revealing film about scientists and their lives – their work, passions and friendships – as well as the scientific processes and discoveries that they make." - Sheffield Doc/Fest
Four exceptional astronomers celebrate 50 years of work and friendship on a return road trip in the southwestern United States, recapturing youthful adventures and recounting each other's influences on the most exciting period in astronomy’s history.
Together they represent the most productive period astronomy has ever had. They helped build the world’s biggest observatories and made revolutionary discoveries about the evolving universe, discoveries that have the power to change the way humanity sees itself. In old age and facing death, their journey through memory and the American landscape provokes them to reflect on how their profound work on the universe has reflected back on the individual, affecting their sense of religious faith, how life may have purpose, and what is knowable and unknowable.
We're delighted to announce our screening on Monday 23rd November at 18:30 will be followed by a Q&A with director Alison Rose and UCL Astronomy Professor Ofer Lahav, who was mentored by Professor Donald Lynden-Bell, one of the subjects of the film.