An original feature documentary film from The Cosmic Shambles Network in association with The Royal Institution

13.8 million years ago, the Universe began with a bang. A Big Bang. And it has been expanding at an ever increasing speed ever since.

Rapid Motion Through Space: An Incomplete History of Speed, which is due for release in January 2023, is the highly anticipated debut feature-length film from The Cosmic Shambles Network, who for many years have been renowned for their critically acclaimed science entertainment based documentary series, podcasts and live events. The film is presented in association with The Royal Institution.

This film will be available to watch entirely FREE, worldwide, online.

This is quite unlike any other project the Shambles team have undertaken before. This full scale feature documentary film will not only be available FREE online in glorious UHD but you’ll be able to see it on the big screen too! There will be select screenings around the UK complete with live panel discussions following the film.

The film is presented by TV host for both MotoGP and the W Series, Amy Reynolds, and features fascinating exclusive input from a wonderfully eclectic mix of scientists, engineers, sportspeople (and about a hundred thousand snails) focusing on the many incarnations of speed and how it affects us all on land, sea, sky, space and even in our thoughts.

Geologist Professor Chris Jackson

“I have always been fascinated by speed but, unless you’re driving on the motorway or hankering for an early 90’s bus based action movie, it’s not something we think about a great deal. And yet, it’s present in so much of our everyday lives and how the world works. It’s exciting to think that the Universe itself actually has a speed limit. And so when we were planning our first ever feature documentary film at Shambles we wanted it be about something that, like Shambles, was a grab bag of all manner of things. By diving into the history of speed, it enabled us to poke our heads into many corners of science and culture. It’s not an incomplete history because we’re lazy, it’s just a much bigger topic than you might’ve ever imagined! So in true Shambles style, we’re going to cram as much as we can into two hours!”

Trent Burton, Director, The Cosmic Shambles Network

There will be LOADS of bonus content available for Cosmic Shambles Patreon supporters and RI Members alike.

McLaren Formula 1 Aerodynamics Engineer Emel Cankaya

COMING JANUARY 2023

TRUNKMAN PRODUCTIONS presents a THE COSMIC SHAMBLES NETWORK production in association with THE ROYAL INSTITUTION
A film by TRENT BURTON  ‘RAPID MOTION THROUGH SPACE: AN INCOMPLETE HISTORY OF SPEED’
presented by AMY REYNOLDS  with  YAHYA ABULFARAJ • JIM AL-KHALILI • DEAN BURNETT • EMEL CANKAYA • ANA CARASCO • MATTHEW COBB • ANDREA COLEMAN • LINDA CREMONESI • SHEENA CRUICKSHANK • HELEN CZERSKI • ANJALI DAS • ANDREA DOVIZIOSO • HANNAH FRY • SUZI GAGE • REMY GARDNER • DESIREE HENRY • ROBIN INCE • CHRIS JACKSON • ALICE LARKIN • CATIE MUNNINGS • CLARA NELLIST • MATT PARKER • ELLA PODMORE • JORDAN RAND • HELEN SHARMAN and MORE

Director of Photography ANDREW MICKELBURGH Camera BEN WESTAWAY • TRENT BURTON • ALICE DEGRASSI Assistant Producer MELINDA BURTON Editor TRENT BURTON Sound STEVE PRETTY Animation WILL MARLER Featuring Music by ROBYN HITCHCOCK  Written, Produced & Directed by TRENT BURTON

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