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2016, Drama - US

HIDDEN FIGURES

Released 2016 Rating (UK) PG
Source of story Real events (inspired by), and a book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly
Writer/s script Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
Director Theodore Melfi
Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Mahershala Ali, Kimberly Quinn
Elevator Pitch In 1961 a number of African-American female mathematicians were employed as “computers” at the Langley Research Centre in Virginia, where segregation was still the law. The film focuses on the difficulties faced by three of them, as one becomes the most important member of the team calculating the trajectories for NASA’s first space mission, another becomes the supervisor of the first IBM computer to be used by NASA, and the third becomes an aeronautical engineer.
Content A lot of time spent discussing the problems of the flights and the trajectories with people scribing on boards with chalk. Some time in the lady’s houses and during socials. Extraordinary newsreel footage of the rockets taking off.
A View Without wanting to in any way minimise the problems faced by some people during the times of segregation (to me distressing that it was still law in Virginia in 1961) this narrative did not quite ring true, and it was just a bit “folksy”. But it is still a tale of triumph over adversity and so much enjoyed by a large audience. It has already made a lot of money.

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