In 1862, pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) teams up with daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Rennes (Felicity Jones) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world, they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival.
In 1785, Jean-Pierre Blanchard demonstrated using a parachute as a means of safely disembarking from a hot-air balloon. While Blanchard's first parachute demonstrations were conducted with a dog as the passenger, he later claimed to have had the opportunity to try it himself in 1793 when his hot air balloon ruptured and he used a parachute to descend. Jean-Pierre died from injuries sustained when he fell from his balloon after suffering a heart attack, in 1809. His wife Sophie continued as a solo balloonist after his death. Sophie Blanchard was known to dress distinctively, as to be seen from a distance, gave parachute demonstrations, and specialized in night ascents and fireworks displays. On 6 July 1819, her hydrogen-filled balloon caught fire and crashed into the rooftops of the Rue de Provence, Blanchard fell to the streets below and died. She is buried in the Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Her tombstone that still stands, was paid by a collect money from the French public and shows a sculpture of a burning balloon and the inscription "Victime de son Art et de son Intrepidite" (Victim of her Art and Intrepidity). See more »
In reality, they would have unfortunately suffered from hypoxia and become icecubes, given the commonly accepted international standard atmosphere (ISA) model. See more »
Fem-Aeronaut :An aspiring true story ? or re-imagined with a "fictional women hero" ,Erasing a heroes story, one mans life story.
This film was worth watching, but would challenge even the best director to capture such an inspiring story.However the true hero has been removed from this story. Why does this film not do justice to the true story, why is it full of hot air. The direction this film takes is good but, it starts of a little slow. This was such a triumphant moment in history discovering temperatures and humidity in upper atmosphere whilst breaking the world record. The question is why create Amelia Wren in The Aeronauts, she was "fictional", a character invented by screenwriter Jack Thorne. She is based on Henry Tracey Coxwell (a man), who saved Glaisher's life after the meteorologist passed out on their record-breaking ascent into the sky. Two men made history only for a complete idiot to omit their story, are we going to make a movies where women were first on moon just to sell tickets.
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