The Critically Acclaimed Documentary The Farthest Opens in Irish Cinemas Today

Posted July 28, 2017 by Suzanne Murray in News
The Farthest
The Farthest

Emer Reynolds’ award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary The Farthest which tells the story of NASA’s iconic Voyager mission and its Golden Record opens in cinemas across Ireland today Friday 28th July.  Audiences will be able to see the film in the Light House Cinema, the Irish Film Institute, Movies@Dundrum, IMC Dun Laoghaire, IMC Galway and The Gate in Cork from today.


The Light House Cinema in Smithfield will host a special opening night screening tonight which will include a post screening Q&A with the director Emer Reynolds and producers Clare Stronge and John Murray.  The screening will be at 6.30pm and tickets can be purchased on the Light House Cinema website: https://lighthousecinema.ie/showing/showing-32924

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, 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.  It’s estimated that Voyager’s nuclear generator will last another decade before the lights 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.  It could very well outlive humanity and our creations and be the only evidence that we ever existed.

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 film 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 film 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).  It has gone on to screen at some of the world’s most renowned film festivals including Tribeca, Sydney and Edinburgh.  The film has also been garnering much critical praise with the Irish Independent, Entertainment.ie and Movies.ie all giving it five stars. 

The Farthest was produced by John Murray and Clare Storage for Crossing the Line Films in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, RTÉ, BBC, ZDF, Arte, PBS.  Developed with the support of the Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union and produced with the support of investment incentives for the Irish film industry provided by the Government of Ireland.