Many of you will be aware of Rodene’s cancer diagnoses in 2011 and her subsequent fight to become free of this disease that affects so many of us and those we love. Having bravely battled the foul beast over the last few years Rodene continues to campaign for awareness of early diagnoses through encouraging all to “Touch Up Your Loved Ones”, if it weren’t for Duncan doing just that they may never have discovered Rodene needed to get checked ASAP in the first place. Continue reading
Over 200 locations across the UK will be presenting over 1000 screenings of classic Sci-Fi films and television programmes from October to December as part of the BFI’s celebration Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder
“We recently revealed that we’d been commissioned to curate a strand of programming for the British Film Institute’s Days Of Fear And Wonder, their ambitious science-fiction oriented programme that dominates much of the final quarter of 2014. Today we announce our full plans.
Our programme is for the Quad in Derby, an independent cinema complex. Over the course of three months we will be screening three strands of Science-Fiction films, with each strand focussing on something different.”
MOON screens on Tuesday, 14th October at 18:30, tickets available now from QUAD.
Further details over on Hope Lies
MOON poster featured above was the Norwegian theatrical release poster by Haakon Hoseth.
Some of you may already be familiar with Dark Bunny Tees. A creator of high quality and unique ltd edition Film & TV inspired T-Shirts for just over five years now (about the same amount of time we’ve been popping stuff up on here too, spooky). He even produced one for Duncan Jones’ favourite film ‘The Salute of the Jugger‘ (or ‘The Blood of Heroes’) As you can see modeled by these two Jugheads (Alex Chenery & Duncan Jones).
Well, Alex over at Dark Bunny Tees has been in touch to let us know he’s finally created something inspired by MOON (having been a big fan since cinematic release in 2009). The classic Wake Me When It’s Quitting Time T-Shirt worn by Sam Bell at the beginning of MOON…
The T-shirt is 100% preshrunk cotton and even comes vacuum packed for added authenticity (again, you’ll know why if you’ve seen MOON).
You can get yours now over on Dark Bunny Tees and as a special offer to you lot, Alex is offering a 15% discount off anything on the site until the end of Wednesday 24th September if you use discount code I-AM-SAM-BELL at checkout*
*the bit where we say “not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.”
Five years since release and the alternative MOON posters are still appearing. This time we got one from @3ftDeep over on Twitter featuring a DNA theme that’s seems a nice fit with this SOURCE CODE one from Daniel Norris.
As always, further detail from the artist himself:
“I love films. I especially love films like MOON, a wonderfully compact story skillfully & minimally told. It reminds me of the short stories of Philip K Dick or Ray Bradbury.
No huge battle scenes or massive apocalyptical special effects (not that I mind either of these) but something more akin to Silent Running, a credit to the few actors, limited locations & of course superb direction.
I find I can always find creative inspiration from these kind of movies, especially with the films that stick with me, as MOON has.
I’ve wanted to do my take on a MOON poster since first seeing it a few years ago. This idea has been in the back of my mind since then (I have a very full ‘in progress’ folder on my computer!) but never seem to find the time. I’m a freelance graphic designer by trade & my alternative movies posters are done when I’m able to squeeze them in or when I need to take a break from the daily grind, to be purely creative for my own sanity.
The idea behind this poster was, first and foremost, to produce something graphically interesting enough to make you want to watch the film if you hadn’t seen it, without giving anything away but to also give further meaning once you have. I hope this is what I’ve achieved and, if you have seen it, understand what I was trying to convey.”
Today we are celebrating the 5th Birthday of Duncan Jones’ MOON.
Released in the UK on Friday 17th July 2009 MOON has gone on to become a huge critical success both here in the UK and abroad winning many awards beginning with the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film at the 63rd Edinburgh International Film Festival where it also received it’s UK premiere on the 28th June 2009. Among the many awards there was also of course Duncan’s BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Director which led to this rather emotional acceptance speech.
“I think MOON is a really brilliant example of contemporary sci-fi because it has a message; it has strong visuals but it also has a proper science fiction core. It’s the closest thing to a modern-day 2001 I have seen”
We know you all love MOON too, that’s one of the reasons why we are here writing this now. The support for MOON since release from you lot has been one of the biggest reasons for it’s continued success on DVD / Blu-Ray and cinema screenings that have continued since release. To celebrate MOON’s 5th Birthday Duncan Jones has sent us some rather lovely signed MOON posters to give away to a few lucky fans. You may recall these became available back in November 2012 when the limited signed run sold out very quickly. Well, we have three to give away, and three different ways to win one
Duncan joined Twitter when we were all just figuring out how it all worked to help promote MOON as it approached release in 2009. So for all you lot that got on board then and since simply retweet this and we will choose one winner at 00:01 GMT on Sunday 20th July who will receive a MOON poster signed by Duncan Jones.
— ManMadeMovies (@ManMadeMovies) July 17, 2014
Not everyone uses Twitter, we have a great gang over on our Facebook page too, so for you lot please head over and like & share this post to be in with a chance of winning. Again, we will choose one winner at 00:01 GMT on Sunday 20th July who will receive a MOON poster signed by Duncan Jones.
Those of you that have been around since those early Twitter days back in 2009 may recall Duncan held a series of competitions in the run up to the release of MOON. One of these produced some marvelous results, so we’re going to repeat it for another chance to win a signed MOON poster.
Re-create a sci-fi moment from film or television, take a photo and email:
Subject line: Happy 5th Birthday MOON
If you’re on Twitter you can tweet it over to @ManMadeMovies using the hashtag #Happy5thBirthdayMOON. We’ll give you a bit longer for this one to ensure we get the good stuff We will choose one winner who will receive a MOON poster signed by Duncan Jones at 00:01 GMT on Sunday 27th July.
Entry open to all on Earth and any beyond, should they wish to establish contact with humanity through an online competition.
Thanks to everyone that has supported MOON and Duncan over the last 5 years through MOON, SOURCE CODE and the upcoming WARCRAFT. We look forward to continuing to bring you news and all that over years to come. Good luck!
We were very impressed with this drawing of Sam Bell tweeted to MOON Director Duncan Jones last week, so much so we had to get in touch with Sheila and find out more about it.
If you pop over to Studio Sheila you’ll see pop culture, movies and myths provide the main inspiration for her work, we asked Sheila to tell us a bit more about her work and how MOON inspired her in particular.
“Being that I love movies, I like the idea of drawing something from a movie that sticks with me. That something could be a specific actor’s performance or a scene that’s deeply moving, bizarre, scary, or just plain funny, and basically “freezing” it on paper.
As far as what medium I use, I work in pencil, ink, charcoal, and sometimes watercolor.
Regarding Moon, I’d been curious about it for a while and finally bought it. Since the movie stayed with me for a long time after I watched it, I wanted to draw something Moon-related. Without giving anything away in the movie, I wanted to show the various character traits of Sam Bell, which includes humor, too.
And I wanted to incorporate Gerty the robot, too. Gerty is a character that provides some relief for the viewer, I think, because you empathize with Sam’s loneliness and want him to have some kind of company. I think it puts the viewer more at ease to see him with Gerty. But Gerty is also a dark character in that it’s only trying to comfort Sam because it’s been programmed to do so.
I’m not an actor and far from an authority on acting or film-making, but I feel that Sam is one of those actors who has no vanity with his performances and that’s what makes his acting so strong. What I mean “no vanity” is that he’s not afraid to appear very raw in roles. It hits you in your gut. And he’s primarily alone in this eerie and haunting movie so the film hinges on whether the actor can pull it off or not. I think it needed a really strong actor like Sam to do it justice. That’s the kind of actor that makes for a great drawing subject, too.
Plus, is there a person around who doesn’t like Sam Rockwell’s acting? I haven’t found one yet. It’s Sam Rockwell, people!”
It’s a bloody lovely piece of work, and one that you could own too if you like?
Competition closed, CONGRATULATIONS TO Chris Hager
To win a copy of ‘Mooned’ by Studio Sheila just drop us a mail with the answer to the following question.
Sam Bell is quite an accomplished artist too, what artistic hobby does Sam use to pass the time during his time on the Sarang MOON base?
Answers to: email@example.com
Subject line: Studio Sheila MOON Competition
One entry per person please.
Prize for the winner is one 14″ x 20″ print of ‘Mooned’ by Studio Sheila.
Closing date for entries Friday 27th June. Good luck!
All the very best to Sam Rowe at his Plymouth University review show today as he puts his MOON print on show
Sam tweeted his print to MOON Director Duncan Jones earlier today and kindly dropped us a line to tell us a bit about it…
“I made the poster for my degree show (which is actually today, Friday 13th, eek) and it’s a two colour, hand pulled silk screen print which is roughly A2. And I kinda made it for two reasons; firstly there was a screening of Moon at my university cinema (Plymouth Uni) and they asked students to design their own posters to promote them. I picked Moon but sadly didn’t get to do it in the end. So now that the degree show is here I thought I’d finally do it.
The reason I picked Moon is because I think it’s just a brilliant film. I think it’s a blazing beacon of success in low-budgetness, acting, story telling, set design – all that stuff. Also my name’s Sam so who’s to say Gerty wasn’t actually talking to me?”
More of Sam’s work over on his online portfolio. Thanks, Sam
Filmosophy will be screening MOON on Tuesday 13th May, 17:50 at Edinburgh Filmhouse as part of the Filmosophy 2014 season. The screening will include an introduction and post screening discussion on philosophical issues raised in the film such as identity, memory and ethics. But what is Filmosophy?
“Filmosophy is where film meets philosophy. Some films, like philosophy itself, can challenge our preconceived views of ourselves and the world around us. They may provide more questions than answers; yet, in doing so, they will expand our ideas and allow us to view familiar things in an unfamiliar way. They are films that demand to be discussed.”
Tickets for the screening can be booked at Filmhouse.
More details on Filmosophy and the 2014 season of films can be found on the Filmosophy site.
Other films in the season include Tron (1982), Solaris (1972), Alphaville (1965) and Akira (25th anniversary 2013 edition). MOON in great company as part of “some of the greatest sci-fi films of all time” according to the FACT guide.
Full exhibition details for all film, audio, visual, art and installation running through the course of the 3 month duration available over on the FACT web site.
If you’d like to see MOON on the big screen in Liverpool next Monday evening, ticket details here. Have fun!
Yes, it’s true! A new wee snippet of info from model miniature master Steve Howarth on the use of a David Tennant Doctor Who figure to stand in for Sam Rockwell…
“We were using this figure as a scale reference and it just seemed obvious that it would only be seen from a great distance and so a felt tip pen beard onto Tennant would be enough, as it turns out, more than enough.”
So next time you’re watching MOON, you now know that when you’re watching those amazing model miniature shots of the Rovers traversing the surface of the MOON, Doctor Who is behind the wheel!