Written and directed by Emer Reynolds, Produced by Crossing The Line Productions, Ireland, 2017
It is one of humankind’s greatest achievements. More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space – the first human-made object ever to do so. Slowly dying within its heart is a nuclear generator that will beat for perhaps another decade before the lights on Voyager finally go out. But this little craft will travel on for millions of years, carrying a Golden Record bearing recordings and images of life on Earth. In all likelihood Voyager will outlive humanity. THE FARTHEST celebrates these magnificent machines, the men and women who built them and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped.
The award-winning documentary, The Farthest, which tells the story of NASA’s iconic Voyager mission and its Golden Record, will be released in Irish cinemas on Friday, 28 July.
Speaking about the release, the Emmy-nominated and multi-award-winning director, Emer Reynolds, said:
“As an epic space adventure, we are over the moon that Irish audiences will soon be able to experience the wonderful story of Voyager on the big screen. This is a film for anyone who has ever looked up and wondered….”.
It’s one of humankind’s greatest achievements. More than 12 billion miles away, a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space – the first human-made object ever to do so.
Launched in August 1977, and originally designed to visit just Jupiter and Saturn, the mission was so successful that it was extended to visit Uranus and Neptune, and is still exploring to this day. Voyager has defied all the odds, survived countless near misses, and almost 40 years later continues to beam revolutionary information across unimaginable distances, with less computing power than a modern hearing aid.
An entirely Irish production, The Farthest includes interviews with 30 of the original scientists and engineers who built and flew the ground-breaking mission, never-seen-before archive footage from inside NASA, along with spectacular CGI, designed and created by Irish talent.
The Farthest not only celebrates these magnificent machines, the people who built them, and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could have ever hoped, but it also explores what it is to be human, and the mysteries that define our existence.
The Farthest has been capturing the imaginations of audiences across the globe since its world premiere at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival earlier this year, where it picked up three awards for Best Irish Documentary, the AUDI-ence Award, and the George Byrne Maverick Award (Emer Reynolds).
The Farthest has gone on to screen at some of the world’s most renowned film festivals, including Tribeca and the Sydney International Film Festival, where it just received another Audience Award, and it will screen this week at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
The Farthest was produced by John Murray and Clare Storage for Crossing the Line Films. Wildcard Distribution will be releasing the film in Irish cinemas on July 28.