PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Emer Reynolds, director of the film The Farthest.
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Director Emer Reynolds talks about her latest documentary feature, The Farthest. The film had its Irish premiere at the 29th Galway Film Fleadh and, as Reynolds tells us in this interview, it brings together her love of space travel and her love of films. The director also tells us that she was always very aware of the story of Voyager, the little spaceship that was shot off into space in the late 70’s – “a very spacey age” – with the aim of, among other things, reaching out to “occupants of interplanetary crafts” by carrying a Golden Records bearing recordings and images of Earth. In this interview, she talks about the various elements that led to the final film, from the stunning cinematography and special effects to the clever use of archive footage, and the contributions of the people who played key roles in the Voyager mission, and more.
The Farthest: 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 will celebrate these magnificent machines, the men and women who built them and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped.