Are we alone? New Australian film searches for the answer

A new Australian-made documentary film Living Universe, is set for release on August 9th.

The trailer is here: It looks interesting and beautiful.

Here’s the full spiel:

“This August, science soars into deep space in Living Universe, an Australian feature documentary tackling the momentous question: are we alone? Narrated by everyone’s favourite scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Australian astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis, the film will screen nationally at Event Cinemas on 9, 10, 11, 13, and 14 August 2018.

An interstellar adventure searching for life on another planet, the film follows the 50-year journey of a starship piloted by artificial intelligence, Captain Artemis (voiced by Prof Davis) to an imaginary planet Minerva B, set 150 years in the future. The speculative voyage is presented alongside interviews with the world’s top scientific visionaries, drawing from their expertise to offer insights into our collective future exploring deep space.

An epic feature documentary from AACTA and Emmy Award winning producers, Chris Hilton, Marcus Gillezeau and Aline Jacques the film delves into the mystery of exoplanets – distant planets capable of supporting alien life. In the last two decades thousands of such planets have been discovered, many Earth-like.

Capturing a pivotal moment in the human story, Living Universe celebrates Artemis’ interstellar journey as not only possible, but promised in humanity’s not too distant future. The film offers insight and inspiration for anyone who dreams of distant worlds, or has ever wondered: why are we here?

Eight years in the making, the film is not science fiction, but rather science factionLiving Universe blends state of the art visual effects with storytelling anchored solidly in the latest scientific research. We meet the best minds in the field of space exploration, planetary science and astrobiology including NASA leaders: Steve Squyres (Interplanetary Explorer) Natalie Batalha (Research Astronomer) and Gentry Lee (Chief Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and sci-fi author).

The film will also screen as part of Sydney Science Festival 2018 (7 – 19 August), with a special event on 14 August at Event Cinemas George St. The screening will include a post-film Q&A with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Professor Tamara Davis answering the audience’s burning questions.”

Here’s a link to the website where you can get tickets and more info about the screenings:

It’s showing at Event Cinemas across Sydney on the 11th, 12th, and 15th. There’s a Q&A event with Dr Karl and Professor Tamara at George St Event on the 14th August.

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