This engaging film examines one of nature’s most maligned phenomenon –
the cloud. To most of us they are dreary, rain-laden objects of misery
blocking out the sun and darkening our skies. However, for many around
the world, they are things of beauty, mystery and power.
Pretor-Pinney’s lifelong love of clouds led to the formation of The
Cloud Appreciation Society. Initially a tongue-in-cheek movement the
Society now has thousands of members all over the globe, each dedicated
to greater understanding of the majestic clouds.
fascinating programme, Gavin explains his own devotion to clouds and
meets people whose lives have been touched by them, including a cloud
racer, cloud physic and the astonishing paragliding champion Ewa
Wisnierska, who relives the terrifying moments when she was almost
killed by a cloud.
We discover the different types of clouds, how
they are formed and what they do – including watching Gavin attempt to
create his own cloud formation, turn fog into snow and convince
scientists to endorse a new cloud classification.
There’s also a
chance to explore the influence of clouds on science and art, including
the painting of John Constable and poetry of Shelley.
Gavin’s fascinating journey is truly breathtaking footage of stunning
cloud formations, including spectacular aerial sequences offering an
unrivalled view of these remarkable natural wonders.
After watching Cloudspotting you will never look at a cloud-filled sky in the same way again.