‘Guys… I gotta tell you… I think my Spatula’s escaped.’
Piers Sellers, astronaut and meteorologist aboard Mission STS-121, 2006

Content type: Film and Research Project
Credits: Cath Le Couteur (director and writer) and Nick Ryan (composer, sound designer, artist and audio specialist)
Year: 2017

Adrift is a short documentary exploring the intriguing but dangerous world of space junk. Combining footage from space missions, interviews with astronaut and meteorologist Piers Sellers and astronomers at Collowara Observatory and a fictional narration from the perspective of Vanguard—the oldest piece of space junk currently in orbit—this film illuminates the phenomenon of space junk; a little-known issue of our time that is in urgent need of attention.

The film is part of a larger research project entitled Project Adrift. Read more about it here.

Film Editor and Sound Design: Florence Kennard and Michele Chiappa
Director, writer, soundtrack specialist and voice-over: Sally Potter
Cinematographer: Constanza García Ulibarri and Richard Numeroff
Screenwriter: Heidi Julavits
Animator of Vanguard: Daffy London
Re-recording mixer: Jason Peacock
Film music: Tim J Matthews
Production team: Castillo-Sepúlveda, Monica Greco, María Isabel Reyes and Marsha Rosengarten
Graphic Designer: Patrick Fry
Titles: Damn Fine
Translator: Alejandro Torres
Colourist: Susumu Asano
Funded by @spacearts