“The Cosmonaut” seems to be an unstoppable project. When the Russian backer pulled out (along with half of the funds) just days before shooting began, the team raised €120,000 in three days through crowd-funding. Nor were the inexperienced crew deterred by the plague of mosquitoes they encountered on location in Latvia, insects ferocious enough to kill a local cow and to make actor Max Wrottesely’s leg turn black. It may even have had a positive effect on the film. Wrottesely himself seems to have taken it in his stride: “nothing creates camaraderie like chaos”.
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“People always have their own answer before asking the question,” remarks the old man interviewed in The Hummingbird, the hoax documentary that accompanies the recently premiered feature film The Cosmonaut. Yet when the Cosmonaut production team embarked on the making of this pioneering piece of cinema, they definitely did not know what the answer to their question would be. They were proposing a new model for the film industry, challenging it – and the public. What would people say? Would it work?
On the 13 September Sin Fin Cinema will unveil ‘The Cosmonaut’ (Riot Cinema Collective) at the Riverside Studios in London. The science fiction film, directed by Nicolás Alcalá, is being simultaneously released in cinemas, on VOD TV and online.