Documentary, Science, TV, WORK
Earth Calling Basingstoke

Made for Channel 4′s flagship science series Equinox, Taghi Amirani’s first film for television is about the extraterrestrial lives of British amateur astronomers. A science documentary with a warm heart.

Reviews

It's Taghi Amirani's first film, and a beauty of its quiet kind.
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Hugh Hebert, The Guardian
a delightful and, in its way quite moving, documentary about Britain's amateur astronomers
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Geoffrey Phillips, Evening Standard
wonderfully buoyant....utterly entrancing. See it
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John Lyttle, City Limits
Taghi Amirani’s film is quizzical, but affectionate and full of admiration for these self-taught scientists.....an eccentric, entrancing, heart-warming film.
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Elaine Patterson, Time Out
while the overall effect is similar to that of a formal exercise in surrealism by Peter Greenaway, the star watchers themselves are presented with respect and affection.
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Anne Billson, The Times
It is rare for television cameras to capture such ingenuousness.
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Jasper Rees, The Times
a warm and thoughtful film about the unworldliness of star­gazers....In that it didn't even get round to explaining what a supernova was Taghi Amirani's film could be seen as the very paradigm of what a popular science programme shouldn't be. But you would have been prompted to go and look up supernova (indeed just look up, given the subject matter) and the generation of curiosity, rather than its superficial satisfaction, is a rare thing in television science.
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Thomas Sutcliffe, The Independent

Equinox
C4/Uden Assosiates
50 mins, 1989



Producer-Director:
Taghi Amirani
Camera:
Chris Morphet
Sound:
Keith Desmond
Editor:
Gary Burzcak
Music:
Steve French
Production Assistant:
Fiona Reid
Executive Producer:
Patrick Uden