30Apr2016

DVD Review – Last Man On The Moon

When Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan stepped off the moon in 1972, he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. He didn’t know it but his life changed forever that day.

Only now is he ready to share his personal story of fulfilment, love, and loss in a deeply moving and historically accurate DVD. Gene Cernan was the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 10 mission in 1969 and became the 11th and final person to walk on the Apollo 17 mission, which featured extensive collection of geologic material with crew mate Harrison Schmitt. He published a memoir in 1999 titled “The Last Man on the Moon.”

When I was asked to review this film I knew this was going to be different … and I wasn’t disappointed. This film gives a more a personal insight, an intuitive look behind the scenes and into the mind of a man who, like Neil Armstrong before him, created history. It differs from most of the post moon mission doccos by weaving you into the story, you actually become part of Cernan’s life, with all the foibles, as it unfolds before you on the screen.

Retired Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan attends The Last Man on the Moon screening in New York

More than that it pulls in those around him as well, mainly his family, who were directly affected by the demands put on him by the system that controlled it all. We never saw ‘behind the scenes’ we just figured everybody was happy. As his wife famously remarked in the film, “If you think going to the moon is hard, try staying at home.”

In essence, ‘The Last Man on the Moon’ describes in cold stark detail the fear, love and sacrifice demanded of the few men who dared to reach beyond the heavens for the biggest prize of all – the Moon. Where Neil was the first, Gene was the last, and he describes his disappointment at how America let their space program almost dwindle into obscurity. I was totally transfixed with this film, it surpassed everything I was expecting, and more.

Together

History! The first and last.

As a kid I lived through these times and remember how the entire world was galvanised by the Apollo missions. I watched 12 men walk on the Moon and I loved it!

Now I’m a professional writer and lecturer on space and an authority on the space program and I’m reliving it again through this DVD. I’m proud to be associated with Gene’s Australian visit and delighted to be asked by the promoters help publicise the event.

The video in DVD format will be commercially available after Gene’s tour wraps up. Is it worth the investment…you bet! This film is not only well written and directed, it’s a superb visual production from start to finish. I was actually sorry when it ended, seriously!

It’s value lies in it’s structure, telling the the human side of things, without sacrificing those amazing images of launch, landing and return shots we’ve come so fond of from NASA over the years. I’m actually going to watch it again when I turn this report in.

The documentary includes archival footage of Cernan at the launch pad at Cape Kennedy, the Arlington National Cemetery and at 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.

'Last Man on the Moon' Documentary

Meet The Last Man On The Moon

As Cernan states, “I do hope people will enjoy the film, but far more important to me is my desire to inspire the passion in the hearts and minds of future generations of young men and women to see their own impossible dreams become a reality.” Folks, this is an astronaut story never before told, go see it!

Credits: “The Last Man on the Moon” is  produced by Gareth Dodds and Patrick Mark, exec produced by Mark Stewart and co-produced by Mark Craig and Sara Giles. The deal for digital rights was negotiated by Dan Braun from Submarine Entertainment, and Nolan Gallagher from Gravitas Ventures.

Details Of The Tour

‘The Last Man on the Moon’ film combines rare archive material, compelling visual effects and unprecedented access to present an iconic historical character on the big screen for the first time in Australia, followed by an ‘In Conversation’ and Audience Q&A live on stage with Gene Cernan, hosted by Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith.

Here are the all important EVENT DETAILS for the tour including Venues/Dates/Links:

PERTH – FRIDAY MAY 27 – 7:30PM
Perth Concert Hall
https://www.perthconcerthall.com.au/events/event/the-last-man-on-the-moon

CARNARVON – SATURDAY MAY 28 – 7:30PM
Carnarvon Civic Centre
Book through the Carnarvon Visitor Centre
http://www.carnarvon.org.au/the-last-man-on-the-moon/

SYDNEY – MONDAY MAY 30
ORPHEUM THEATRE
TWO SHOWS: – 12:30PM and 7:30PM
http://www.orpheum.com.au/special-events/

MELBOURNE – TUESDAY MAY 31 – 7:30PM
THE ASTOR THEATRE
http://www.astortheatre.net.au/films/the-last-man-on-the-moon

CANBERRA – THURSDAY JUNE 2 – 7:30PM
CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE
https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/the-last-man-on-the-moon-gene-cernan/

 

Ticket Details

We have two main ticket prices: $69.00 plus Ticketmaster Fees … and a limited number of Meet & Greet Packages per venue/city – for the enthusiast @ $499.00 plus Ticketmaster Fees –

MEET & GREET PACKAGES INCLUDE:

  • A Reserve Seat
  •  Personally Signed Tour Poster by Gene Cernan
  •  DVD of the Film – The Last Man on the Moon
  •  Official Show Program
  •  Professional Photograph with Captain Gene Cernan

ALL Tickets available now through Ticketmaster http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/Gene-Cernan-tickets/artist/2221246

NB/ Ticketmaster STUDENT DISCOUNT LINK of 10% Off all Ticket prices: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/promo/oe70

 

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