TV, Documentary, Science, 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.
It's Taghi Amirani's first film, and a beauty of its quiet kind. Read more...
Hugh Hebert, The Guardian
a delightful and, in its way quite moving, documentary about Britain's amateur astronomers Read more...
Geoffrey Phillips, Evening Standard
wonderfully buoyant....utterly entrancing. See it Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
Anne Billson, The Times
It is rare for television cameras to capture such ingenuousness. Read more...
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. Read more...
Thomas Sutcliffe, The Independent
From Tehran with Laughter >
50 mins, 1989