Reviews

February 12, 2016

Four British astronomers celebrate a 50th reunion by setting out on the same road trip through the American Southwest that they enjoyed all those decades before. 

February 12, 2016

“The thing that I like most about life is being able to ask questions.” So says Neville “Nick” Woolf, one of a quartet of fascinating astronomers at the heart of this gloriously thought-provoking documentary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 20, 2015

"Four of the world’s most influential astronomers reunite to celebrate 50 years of friendship on a road trip in the southwestern United States."

November 20, 2015

"An engrossing look at hardy friendships and Big Science, this low-key but deep-thinking doc catches a ride with 50-year-reunion California roadtrip of four elderly British astronomers, whose discoveries in the USA revolutionised their field."

November 20, 2015

"Resembling a real-life The Big Bang Theory reunion, this is a charming profile of four British astronomers on an American road trip, who retain a poignant curiosity, humility and awe despite making significant contributions to their field over five game-changing decades."

November 20, 2015

"Star Men is a quirky, sweet and deceptively moving documentary about four pioneering British astronomers, now in their late seventies."

November 20, 2015

"In Alison Rose's documentary, four eminent British Astronomers - all men in their seventies - reunite for a tour of the American Southwest, territory they first explored as students in the 1960s."

November 19, 2015

"People are often brought together by a shared passion. In the case of Roger, Donald, Nick and Wal that love was for astronomy and looking at the stars."

November 19, 2015

"There is enormous charm and food for thought in Alison Rose’s documentary about four retired, snowy-haired English astronomers and their road-trip reunion in the American south-west; they are recreating a journey they took together decades previously, as gung-ho twentysomething students at the California Institute of Technology.

November 16, 2015

"A documentary following four prominent British astronomers as they revisit their glory days in 1960s California."

October 28, 2015

" 'I’m 76 and I’m aware that I shall not live forever,' states an elderly man, calmly. 'I’d like to follow my stars a little while longer'. You may be forgiven for thinking the speaker is being metaphorical here (and perhaps he is) but the primary meaning is beautifully literal, for this film examines the superstars of astronomy that once were, now burning out in much the same way as the subjects of their study do as they come to the end of their lives."

September 08, 2015

"Director Alison Rose and her personal fascination with astronomy made her look for the four British astronomers that proved essential during the US’s space race – Roger the instrument maker, Donald the theoretician, Nick the visionary, and Wal the observer. Having already two documentaries under her wing with the same topic (Galileo’s Son in 2003 and Love at The Twilight Motel in 2009), Rose is on top of her game, and delivers a skillful and emotional portrait of a friendship."

September 01, 2015

"Fifty years ago, four young men with newly minted PhDs left England for the California Institute of Technology. They were embarking on what turned out to be long and successful lives in astronomy."

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