Mark Stewart Productions to Release its Critically Acclaimed Film THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON this April
MARK STEWART PRODUCTIONS TO RELEASE ITS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FILM ‘THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON’ IN CINEMAS 8TH APRIL WITH US ASTRONAUT CAPTAIN GENE CERNAN LANDING IN LONDON ON 11TH APRIL FOR UK-WIDE LIVE CINEMA SATELLITE Q&A
Today Mark Stewart Productions is thrilled to announce that its critically-acclaimed documentary The Last Man On The Moon will be in UK cinemas from 8th April. The focus of the film, US astronaut Captain Gene Cernan, will arrive in London on Monday 11th April for an exclusive live satellite Q&A in cinemas across the UK hosted by Sir Jackie Stewart.
Directed by Mark Craig, Executive Produced by Mark Stewart and Produced by Gareth Dodds and Patrick Mark and featuring NASA Astronauts Eugene Cernan, Alan Bean, Dick Gordon & Jim Lovell, THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON is powered by the same adrenalin, drama and raw emotions experienced by former NASA astronaut and Navy Captain Eugene “Gene” Cernan. When Cernan became the last man to step off of the surface of the moon in December 1972, he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic and deeply personal story of fulfilment, love and loss.
Five years in the making, the documentary unveils a wealth of rare archival footage and takes Cernan back to the launch pad at Cape Kennedy (now NASA Kennedy Space Centre), to the Arlington National Cemetery, and to his Texas ranch where he tries to find respite from a past that refuses to let him go. The film features exclusive interviews with former astronauts, such as Apollo 12 crew-members Alan Bean and Dick Gordon and Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell, as well as NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz and Director of Flight Operations Chris Kraft.
The film has already received 4 star reviews from Empire, Total Film and Radio Times and The New York Times’ Critics’ Pick of the Week.
Executive Producer Mark Stewart said “Following a successful release in the US, we are delighted to be bringing The Last Man on the Moon home to the UK. The reception so far from critics and public alike has been extremely gratifying and we hope that Gene Cernan’s story will inspire audiences in the UK as much as it inspired us.”
Director Mark Craig said “I first read Gene’s Cernan’s autobiography back in 2005, and even before reaching the end I knew it was a story I had to try and bring to the screen. Many films and TV programmes had been made about space, the historical significance of mankind’s first steps on the moon, and the science and technology that it took to get us there. But never before had I been so moved by the personal journey of one man caught up in the thick of it all, burning with passion to achieve the goal - whatever the cost.”
The Last Man on the Moon is in cinemas from 8 April with a special Nationwide Live Q&A in cinemas with Captain Eugene Cernan only on 11 April hosted by Sir Jackie Stewart.
CAST AND CREW BIOS
Captain Eugene Cernan is a former American naval aviator and NASA astronaut. He has been into space three times: as pilot of Gemini 9A in June 1966; as Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 10 in May 1969; and as Commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972, the final Apollo lunar landing. His numerous honors include the Navy Distinguished Flying Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal with Star and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. He has also been inducted into the U.S. Space Hall of Fame and in December 2007 was presented with one of the most prestigious aviation trophies in the world, the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy.
Mark Stewart Productions is a London-based film company known for Weekend of a Champion, its recent collaboration with Roman Polanski and an official selection at Cannes 2013. MSPs 2015 feature documentary Fabergé: A Life of Its Own won awards at film festivals in Palm Beach, Beverly Hills and Newport Beach.
Director / Co-Producer Mark Craig is an award-winning UK-based director, with a Grierson for Talk to Me, a special mention from the jury at Toronto Hot Docs 2007 and an RTS nomination for The Flying Scot. It has taken Mark five years to bring The Last Man on the Moon to the big screen.
Cinematographer Tim Cragg brings his remarkable visual aesthetic to The Last Man on the Moon, having won a BAFTA for Power of Art in 2007 and an Emmy-nomination for How the Earth Changed History in 2010.
Editor David Fairhead was double BAFTA-nominated for feature doc McCullin. At Sundance 2007 his In the Shadow of the Moon won best international documentary and the audience award; and he followed up with another Sundance premiere, The Flaw.
Grammy award-winning and Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated film composer Lorne Balfe is known for composing scores to Dreamworks’ animation Megamind, Ubisoft’s acclaimed game Assassin’s Creed III and Activision’s Call of Duty. He produced Oscar-nominated scores for Sherlock Holmes and Inception; and contributed music to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Angels & Demons, Iron Man, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Frost/Nixon.
BAFTA & RTS winner George Foulgham oversaw The Last Man on the Moon’s audio post-production.
Nick Adams brings his sound design experience from World War Z, Mamma Mia, Chronicles of Narnia and The Constant Gardener.