“Searching For Light” follows ex-bricklayer turned professional astronomer Gary Fildes on his unlikely journey from the building sites of Sunderland in the North East of England to the darkest skies on Planet Earth in South America.
His odyssey takes him from Kielder Forest to the bustling metropolis of Santiago where he learns the history of astronomy in Chile, before heading North into the Atacama Desert to visit the most advanced astronomical facilities on the planet, including La Silla, VLT Paranal and ALMA to glimpse the future of mankind’s quest to understand the Universe.
On this expedition Gary witnesses, for the first time, true dark skies, learning from leading scientists how the Chileans protect this most precious natural asset, in order to achieve his ultimate goal… Protected Dark Sky Park status for his home skies in Northern England.
Gary worked as a labourer for almost three decades on Sunderland’s building sites but always harboured a deep fascination with the cosmos. Eventually this passion led him to become the founder of the Kielder Observatory in Northumberland; Europe’s only true dark sky, public observatory.
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Festival accolades & awards
Pinewood Studios Documentary Filmmaker Showcase, Official Selection
Vienna Science Film Festival, Official Selection
Vienna Science Film Festival, Category Winner “Best Astronomy Movie”
Kosice International Monthly Film Festival, Official Selection
Kosice International Monthly Film Festival, Second Place “Best Documentary Feature”
China International Conference of Science and Education Producers, Official Selection
China International Conference of Science and Education Producers, Official Nomination
The Kielder Observatory, Northumberland, UK
Grindon, Sunderland, UK
Manuel Forster Observatory, Santiago, Chile
Cerro Calan Observatory, Santiago, Chile
La Silla Observatory, Coquimbo Region, Chile
Paranal Observatory (VLT),Atacama Desert, Chile
San Pedro de Atacama,Atacama Desert, Chile
Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA),Atacama Desert, Chile