A passionate documentary on the science project of the 20th century, NASA's Voyager space program, and the far-reaching probes launched 40 years ago.
Irish filmmaker Emer Reynolds tracks the story of this visionary endeavour from its birth, past Jupiter to Mars and beyond, skilfully placing the mission within the context of its era. Interviews with experts including Carl Sagan illustrate the sheer magnitude of the project. It's hard not to be enthused by these erudite experts – reminiscent of the Large Hadron Collider team featured in Particle Fever (SFF 2014). Just think, these probes have been travelling through space for four decades sending back reams of information, with less computer power than your average smartphone. An Audience Award winner in Dublin, The Farthest boasts impressive big-screen imagery and a sweeping score.
It's the right film at the right time, a cathartic moment in which audiences will shed tears for a little machine made of silicon and aluminium. – Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International