Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, about female African-American mathematicians at NASA. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine G. Johnson, a mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and other missions. The film also features Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson, with Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell and Mahershala Ali in supporting roles.

A great, inspirational story of three women behind NASA. Surprised to find Janelle Monáe in an acting role (she does well). What I liked was that they didn’t skimp on the science and maths details. Fun moment when they everyone went ‘WOW’ at a new IBM machine that did 24,000 calcs per second. Also a moment of recognition when the programmer opened the new FORTRAN manual.