XIX century. The hot air balloon is a recent invention and everyone wants to see with their own eyes how this aircraft rises to the sky. Driven by curiosity, a man and a young woman decide to take a balloon trip and get taller than anyone has ever arrived before.
The Aeronauts is a film directed by Tom Harper (Misfits series, Peaky Blinders, War and Peace) with a script by Jack Thorne (This Is England ’90, The Last Panthers)
SECRET OF BEARING
A great tour
The scriptwriter Jack Thorne has not only won four BAFTA awards for This is England ’88, The Fades, Don’t Take My Baby and This is England ’90 but has also written the script for the play Harry Potter and the legacy damn next to JK Rowling and John Tiffany.
along with Harper’s bravura filmmaking, The Aeronauts is bolstered not only by the chemistry between Redmayne and Jones but also their skill – given the close quarters of being trapped in a basket for much of the film, awe and terror is sold by their faces. Of course he represents science, she represents daredevilry, but it’s never the ‘opposites attract’ trope in the obvious romantic sense. Instead their attraction is minted by drive, ambition and infectious optimism. It’s that, as much as VFX, that keeps The Aeronauts in flight.
The title might sound like something from Marvel Phase Six, but The Aeronauts is an exhilarating period flight of fancy, occasionally weighed down by backstory, but buoyed by Redmayne and especially Jones.
Daredevil’s pilot, Amelia Rennes, and meteorological scientist James Glaisher are in an epic fight for survival while trying to make discoveries in a gas balloon.
Felicity Jones as Amelia Rennes
Eddie Redmayne as James Glaisher
Himesh Patel as John Trew, friend of James
Tom Courtenay as Arthur Glaisher, James’s father
Phoebe Fox as Antonia
Vincent Perez as Pierre Wren, Amelia’s husband
Anne Reid as Ethel Glaisher, James’s mother
Tim McInnerny as Airy
Rebecca Front as Aunt Frances
In December 2016, Amazon Studios purchased the cinematographic rights to the specification script of Jack Thorne. In mid-2018, it was confirmed that Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne would star in the film. Filming began in early August at West London Film Studios.
Filming locations in England included the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, Regent’s Park, London, Claydon House, Buckinghamshire, the Bodleian Library in Oxford and Wrotham Park, London.
The key action sequences in The Aeronauts were designed for IMAX and have an expanded aspect ratio for both IMAX and selected large-format Premium theaters.