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Bring a Baby: Apollo 11

Todd Miller

NASA’s vaults open for the first time to spill exquisite, never-before-seen 70mm film footage and voice recordings of the Apollo 11 mission in this meticulously conceived documentary. Apollo 11 is both a definitive account of the voyage as well as a creative, cinematic you-are-there unfolding of the events that plunges the viewer into the moment.

"...takes you straight to the heart of this intense scientific and human endeavour."

The opening pre-launch sequences provide a precious time capsule of the era. As Neil Armstrong, Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, and Michael Collins approach the gleaming spaceship, we see hundreds of onlookers – women with flipped bobs, men wearing suits, and children with binoculars at the ready – all waiting on beaches, hotel verandas, atop cars, and city streets around Cape Canaveral to catch a glimpse of the astronauts and their historic launch. The vibrantly restored film footage makes it all seem like it could have happened yesterday. The meandering cameras capture a dreamy-eyed portrait of America as it stepped into the future, and from inside the Apollo 11 spacecraft, the amazingly jocular conversation of the astronauts punctuates each stage of the mission with lightness and charm.

Director Todd Miller takes you straight to the heart of this intense scientific and human endeavour, sharing the atmosphere and action around the final moments of the preparation, lift off, landing, and return of the famed moon-landing mission. The footage is so clean and vibrant; it is as if you are standing at the base of the rocket. Exquisitely crafted and realised, this truly immersive experience offers a new look into one of humanity’s greatest achievements, leaving us to marvel at human ingenuity and the impulse that led humanity into space.