A man from Sunderland spent years working as a bricklayer whilst carrying a big secret. A dark secret, even, for Gary Fildes always dreamed of the stars and the many mysteries of outer space. Gary took this passion project and slowly turned it in to the monumental success that is Kielder Observatory. Introducing thousands of people to the stars through the many workshops and stargazing sessions at the observatory, one success led to another: Kielder National Park became a designated dark sky area. Gary’s story then takes him from Kielder to South America, into the Atacama desert and beyond, always looking up, always chasing the darkest night sky. Finding the biggest array of telescopes man is yet to build, and in doing so, allowing him a chance to see in to the past. Presented as part of the East Coast Visions programme at DAF 2019, Gary will be speaking to his audience after the film on Sunday night. You can also see some of Gary’s photographic work and the short trailer for Searching For Light in the gallery, open throughout the weekend.
Sunday 28 April