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Reel History UK

The Aeronauts

  • S2E6
  • 54:22
  • June 11th 2020

In this episode Hugh and Jenna explore the 2019 Amazon Studios The Aeronauts, directed and written by Tom Harper and co-written Jack Thorne, staring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Himesh Patel and Tom Courtenay.

Hugh and Jenna discuss the semi-biographical film which was inspired by a true event, the world flight altitude record of James Glaisher and Henry Coxwell, although in the film, Coxwell was replaced by a fictional women Amelia Wren.

Like always they discuss the historical issues brought up by a film like this, especially with a whole fictional character and can you still be accurate despite that, and the marketing of accuracy, as well as the smallness of the film, the equality of the two main roles, private and public sphere of Victorian England.

Reel History UK

Presented by Hugh K. David and Jenna Pateman, Reel History UK is an informative and engaging podcast exploring the presentation of historical events within pop culture ranging across film and television.

Each episode, our hosts focus on a chosen television show or movie property that may be based on or around important historical events.

From there, each episode discussion leads to the ultimate decision, is the chosen media property REAL History or REEL History?

The show is co-produced and published by 4DA Publishing and Bunkazilla UK.

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