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Film Fest 2010: Space Tourists

Film Fest 2010: Space Tourists 


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FilmJunkieJake

With an intensely interesting subject Christian Frei's Space Tourists begins with a roar but later comes unstuck as the narrative splinters. Footage alternates between a personal story of Anousheh Ansari's experience as the 1st civilian woman making the journey into space and the history/context of the Russian space programme as embodied in the Baikonur Cosmodrome and the Star City training facility. We're treated to Ansari's training, flight, and unique perspective of 8 days on the International Space Station. Impacts of modern day launches include the emergence of a small 'industry' in rocket debris recycling but Frei voices concerns about the poisonous nature of debris falling into populated areas. He bemoans the cheapening effect of commercialisation upon this rich piece of Russian heritage except that it is clear these funds enable Russia to remain in the 'space race' with one private passenger - e.g. Ansari and her USD20M off-world excursion - funding 1/2 the cost of a mission.

Thu July 15, 2010 4:13PM


dbevan

Ever since I was young I wanted to go into space - and these days, you no longer necessarily need heaps of training merely cash.This brilliantly shot doco focuses on Indian/Iranian Anousheh Ansari whose ambition it was to go into space. So 20 million down and a lot of time inside Star City, a training facility, she managed to do just that. Marvel at the drive of someone who knows their very life could be lost by doing this and then gawk at the shots of the Earth in its majesty from the windows of the space capsule. Be stunned by the rigorous training schedule - one wannabe spends time testing all the foods which will be frozen. But on the opposite end of the spectrum, the camera crews follow those who don't have 2 pennies to rub together as they salvage bits which fall off the rockets launched into space to repair rooves and build shelter;it's a startling contrast in a film which is entertaining, informative and never once stops you looking up at the sky and wondering when your turn is

Mon June 21, 2010 3:33PM



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