A Conversation Between the President and the Author of '2001 File'
On September 18, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and author Christopher Frayling met at the Tallinn TV Tower for an armchair discussion on how film - in this case Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" - presaged many technological advances in real life.
Frayling is the author of "The 2001 File", which is a compendium of never seen before material from the making of the adaptation of the Arthur C. Clarke work.
In that film, as the book's jacket states, "art director Harry Lange's strikingly realistic designs created an extraordinary vision of the future."
The visual team on the 1968 film rejected many of the past stereotypes about what spaceships should look like and tackled the design and special effects as engineers might approach the issue.
In the video, Ilves and Frayling engage in a lively and serendpitous discussion over the better part of an hour.