title. hiraeth

date. 2021

company. themachine

Hiraeth explores one woman's grief at the edge of the solar system. The film tells the story of Commander Amber Jones, and her mission to research newly discovered life on Europa. She’s courted controversy her entire career, not least because Commander Jones is the daughter of child killer Crista Jones, the first woman to be hanged in Britain in 70-years. A leading astrobiologist, Amber will be the third astronaut to bear the United Kingdom patch and only the second British woman in space. 


Jumping between her childhood in 2035; 10-years after the NASA Clipper Probe set off to find life on Europa, 10-years after the birth of her sister Sienna, and 2049; the launch of her own mission. We follow Amber, as she heads out of the inner solar system. Haunted by memories of a sister she truly adored, and leaves conscious that this is a one-way mission.


For Amber, the emptiness of space is soon filled with only guilt and regret, and her physical exodus leaves her longing for a home that never truly existed. As the film unfolds it becomes clear that Amber’s compulsion to become the first person to reach the outer solar system goes beyond scientific obligation and what she really wants is a form of forgiveness. Whatever that means…


Smashing loss and sadness into the limitations of life itself, Hiraeth is a deeply human story of consciousness and loss played out across unthinkable distances, raising harrowing questions about the nature of love and the things we do to honour it…

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Main Cast & Crew

Amber - Olivia Ross  

Sienna - Scarlett Holgate Brame 

Noah - Jonathon Forbes

Christa - Amanda Leigh Owen

Voices of Kate and Ava - Lucie Pohl

Control Room - Misha Simonsen

Control Room - Mason Carter

Engineer - Ben Baily


Director: Ryan Andrews

Screenplay: Stephen Laughton

Producers: Liv Edmunds and Stephen Laughton

Executive Producers: Sam Chapman and Ryan Andrews

Director of Photography - Matthew J Smith

Editor - Rebecca Luff

Composer - Jordan Andrews

VFX Supervisor - David Simpson

Sound Design - Philip Archer

Colourist - Toby Tomkins

Hair and Make Up - Jemma Prettie

Arts Fluid Work - Chris Parks


Astrophysics Consultant - Rebecca Oppenheimer

Biology Consultant - Susan Perkins

Earth Footage - Astronaut Jeff Williams and NASA UHD

Archive Courtesy of NASA, ESA HUBBLE, American Museum of Natural  History

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