The Mayor of London’s Gala

The Aeronauts

The sky is no limit for Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne’s aerial explorers in this heart-racing and breathless adventure story about flight and scientific discovery.

Dir Tom Harper
Prod Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman, Tom Harper
Scr Jack Thorne
With Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Himesh Patel, Anne Reid, Tom Courtenay
UK Distribution Entertainment One

Who would dare venture to the outer reaches of the atmosphere with just a balloon and some gas above them and a wicker basket beneath? Amelia Wren (Jones) and James Glaisher (Redmayne) are about to embark on mankind’s highest-ever balloon voyage in the interest of studying the weather. But they have to stop bickering first. Directed by long-time Fest favourite Tom Harper (who has screened in LFF from his earliest short films to last year’s Festival Gala Wild Rose) and written by equally talented and beloved Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and previous collaborations with Harper, The Scouting Book for Boys and War Book), they absolutely nail the audacity and romance of the Victorian race into the air, with special effects that make you feel you are inside the balloon. Based on a composite of adventurers and the stories of their exploits, The Aeronauts seeks to understand people who push themselves beyond the limits to make new discoveries and redefine the boundaries of what is possible. If you are squeamish about heights, prepare to watch this from behind your fingers!

Tricia Tuttle

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Tom Harper, director; Eddie Redmayne, cast; Felicity Jones, cast.

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

Additional information

All screenings are accessible screenings for customers who are blind or partially-sighted. The film has an audio-description soundtrack, and headphones are available on request.

The screening on Tuesday 8 October is an accessible screening for customers who are D/deaf or hard or hearing. The film has English language subtitles, including descriptions of non-dialogue audio.

Special £5 tickets for 25 & Under are bookable in advance at

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