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Amelia Wren, Redmayne’s pilot in The Aeronauts, is a fictional character invented by screenwriter Jack Thorne. In The Aeronauts, Amelia Wren and James Glaisher are roughly the same age. “But it turns out it wasn’t a wren, it was a nuthatch, so it’s not particularly relevant,” he says, laughing. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. The Times ran the story of the mission and its achievements on September 11, 1862. Additionally, Mr Glaisher was happily married, compared to the film where he appears as a bachelor. But Blanchard probably never would have had a reason to meet the real Glaisher — unless she knew his parents. Plus, it makes all that backstory we get on Amelia’s dead husband—which is revealed via flashback—feel a bit meaningless. 634, This story has been shared 627 times. As we see in the film, Glaisher really did pass out on his journey up into the stars, and therefore missed the moment when his balloon reached its highest point. Let us know in the comments below. Well, in regards to inventing a whole new character: Not very! His data collection did make great strides in weather science, and he was considered a pioneer in weather forecasting. The Aeronauts is a new cinematic experience starring Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Our free email newsletter sends you the biggest headlines from news, sport and showbiz. Loaded with 60,000 feet of gas, they took off in what Glaisher called "bad weather.". They launched from Wolverhampton, with Glaisher hoping to conduct a series of tests on sound, solar radiation, and oxygen levels.

Glaisher and Coxwell teamed up in 1862 after the former was tasked by the British Association for the Advancement of Science to conduct atmospheric studies.

"Mr Coxwell's hands were black with frostbite," said Ashcroft, "so he used his teeth to release the gas valve to lower the balloon after Mr Glaisher had passed out.". Updated 27 Aug 2019 11.1k views12 items. The pair set off in 1862, as in the film, however, this was not from London. It was about looking up into the sky and thinking, What’s going on up there? This story contains spoilers for The Trial of the Chicago 7, available to stream on Netflix October 16. New movie The Aeronauts tells the story of a daredevil balloon pilot who teams up with a pioneering meteorologist to discover more about the weather, and fly higher than anyone. “She was the strongest source of information for the character,” Harper says. But, more importantly, how much basis does the film have in reality? 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' True Story: How Accurate is Aaron Sorkin’s Netflix Film? As in the film, however, the pair did struggle without bottled oxygen reaching such heights where the air grew thinner and the temperature much colder. By and large, the Aeronauts is a true story. Singer J. Balvin is on the 2020 TIME100 list. I think it was about discovery, ultimately.". “I hope the audience takes away a sense of wonder and a feeling of the amazing things that humans can achieve through science and through exploration when we put our minds to it and work together,” Harper tells TIME. However, as you will read below, several key details of this story were altered. Glaisher lost consciousness during the trip for 10-20 minutes. I’m all for female ballooning representation—and Jones has a lot of fun with the role—but I feel kinda bad for this Coxwell dude. I cannot find any evidence that his fellow scientists laughed in his face when he suggested weather prediction might be possible, as we see in the film, but, hey, a good story needs stakes. 6,836, This story has been shared 2,639 times.