The Script Lab Podcast: Tom Harper — Director of THE AERONAUTS starring Felicity Jones & Eddie Redmayne

By Shanee Edwards · December 16, 2019

The new Amazon movie The Aeronauts is a beautiful, thrilling film that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While breaking records and advancing scientific discovery, their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world they have left far below them. But they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival.

From a screenplay by Jack Thorne (His Dark Materials) and directed by Tom Harper (War and Peace, Peaky Blinders), I sat down with Tom to find out what it was like shooting 8,000 feet up in the sky, what hypoxic training was like, and how Felicity Jones was fearless in the air.

The Aeronauts is currently in theaters.

Listen to the podcast below.

Shanee Edwards graduated from UCLA Film School with an MFA in Screenwriting and is currently the film critic for She recently won the Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer. Her pilot, Ada and the Machine, is currently in development with America Ferrera’s Take Fountain Productions. You can follow her on Twitter: @ShaneeEdwards

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