“If you think going to the moon is hard, try staying at home”
– (Mrs. Barbara Cernan)
Gene Cernan’s journey, from barefoot farm boy to fighter jock to rocket man, was the American dream made real. It took place in the white-hot glare of world media attention at a time when the USA was the greatest superpower the world had ever seen. Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972 – and left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. But there was a heavy price to pay for the fame and privilege that followed.
In accompaniment to our current exhibition, Apollo 8 x 10, showcasing vintage NASA prints, Daniel Blau is pleased to present a talk introducing UK-based film director and Grierson documentary-award winner Mark Craig. His most recent documentary feature film, The Last Man on the Moon, recounts the extraordinary story behind former Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan’s personal and professional journey. This astonishing documentary grants its viewers an unprecedented insight into an astronaut’s personal life experiences. Exclusive excerpts from the soon to be released film show photographs Cernan personally took during the Apollo 17 mission.
This event aims to examine the various layers surrounding the intersections between art and science – and photography’s role within these cosmic journeys – both from afar and on Earth.
Born & raised in Singapore, Mark Craig was formerly a motion graphics designer at the BBC & Channel 4. He moved into directing / producing in 1996 and has since produced a wide range of television and video content with an emphasis on narrative documentaries. The Last Man on the Moon recently had its US premiere at the SxSW film Festival in Austin, Texas, and will be released in the UK later this year.
This event is free to attend. Due to limited seating we advise arriving promptly.
The talk runs from 7:00 PM on Tuesday, 5th of May at 51 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB and will last for approximately an hour.