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Saturday, June 15
2:00 PM - 3:45 PM

National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater

701 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408

Apollo 13: Survival


Peter Middleton

Executive Producers

Nick Fraser, Stephen Slater


Hugh Davies, Clive Patterson


Otto Burnham


Anna MacDonald

Apollo Thirteen: Survival is an archive-led retelling of the most iconic crisis in spaceflight history. In April 1970, a catastrophic explosion left three astronauts stranded halfway to the moon. What unfolds over the next four days is a rescue mission like no other: a knife-edge, life-or-death drama broadcast in real-time to the watching world. The story is brought back to life with rare access to the complete audio recordings of the mission, never-before-seen film materials, and archival interviews with the crew, their families, and the team at Ground Control. The approach immerses the audience in the unfolding drama of the crisis – a uniquely cinematic retelling of one of the great survival stories in human history.

Director, Apollo 13: Survival

Peter Middleton is a founding member of the award-winning collective Fee Fie Foe. Along with creative partner James Spinney, Peter adapted the audio diaries of author John Hull into a series of critically acclaimed short films. Their debut feature, Notes on Blindness, was nominated for three BAFTAs (including Documentary and Outstanding British Film) and six British Independent Film Awards (winning Best Documentary Film). In 2021, they released their critically acclaimed follow-up, The Real Charlie Chaplin, a cinematic exploration of Hollywood’s most iconic figure. The film was nominated for two Emmys and three Critics Choice Documentary Awards. Apollo Thirteen: Survival is Peter’s first solo-directed feature-length production.