The hidden world of space junk.
Adrift is a short documentary that explores the hidden world of space junk. The film reveals an issue that is troubling and beautiful, dangerous and fascinating. It begins with the tale of astronaut Piers Sellers, who dropped his spatula in space in 2006, which became the most deadly kitchen instrument soon after, travelling at 27,000 km/h. The film then journeys across the remote deserts of Chile with astronomers of Collowara Observatory, into the skies, where threats to the International Space Station take place, and through to Thailand, where a man watches space debris burn. The film includes a narration by Vanguard, the oldest piece of space junk, voiced by Sally Potter (Dir Orlando).
As featured on BBC Arts Online (bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3sjd1wnYD47WLzhT9dV02YH/lost-in-space-turning-cosmic-junk-into-art), BBC R4 Today Programme (bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04gv7f1), Evening Standard (standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/space-debris-exhibition-will-show-the-beautiful-and-dangerous-litter-orbiting-the-earth-a3398931.html)
Adrift is part of 'Project Adrift': a wider arts project at projectadrift.co.uk
Watch: the documentary, Listen: to the sound of space debris live as it orbits above you, Adopt: a piece of space junk which will communicate with you via Twitter as it orbits Earth.
co-creators Cath Le Couteur and Nick Ryan
Funded by @spacearts
Florence Kennard (Film Editor and Sound Design), Michele Chiappa (Film Editor and Sound Design), Sally Potter (Vanguard), Constanza García Ulibarri (Cinematographer, Chile), Richard Numeroff (Cinematographer, Washington), Heidi Julavits (Vanguard Screenwriter), Daffy London (Vanguard Animation), Jason Peacock (Re-recording Mixer), Tim J Matthews (Film Music), Jorge Castillo-Sepúlveda (Chile Production), Monica Greco (Chile Production), María Isabel Reyes (Chile Production), Marsha Rosengarten (Chile Production), Patrick Fry (Graphic Design), Damn Fine (Titles), Alejandro Torres (Translator), Susumu Asano (Colourist).