Emer Reynolds Interview: ‘The Farthest’ director
“I’ve had a massive love of space and science since I was a child,” reveals “The Farthest” director Emer Reynolds during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above). That love spawned this documentary about the Voyager program, an ongoing scientific research initiative employing two spacecrafts – the “Voyager I” and “Voyager II” – in outer space. “Voyager was kind of part of that love, and part of that obsession,” she adds. “It was getting further and further out through the solar system through my childhood.”
NASA first launched the Voyager space shuttles in 1977 to take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus. On August 25th, 2012, the “Voyager I” became the first man-made object to enter into interstellar space. “Life on earth will be long gone and ‘Voyager’ will still be out there, which is an extraordinary thing,” Reynolds divulges. “It’s a legacy document that really matters to us, that maybe at some future point in space and time somebody might know we were here.”
Based in Dublin, Ireland, Reynolds has edited several feature films, including “The Good Doctor” (2011), “Patrick’s Day” (2014), and “My Name is Emily” (2015), as well as the original series of “Shameless.” As a director, she has helmed episodes of “Trouble in Paradise” and the documentaries “Three Men Go to War” (2012) and “Here Was Cuba” (2013). She has won awards for “The Farthest” at the Barcelona International Film Festival, the Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards, the Dublin International Film Festival, and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.