The First Men in the Moon is a 2010 made for TV drama written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Damon Thomas. It is an adaptation of H. G. Wells’ science fiction novel First Men in the Moon.
The film’s setting begins in July 1969 as ninety year old Julius Bedford tells young Jim the story of how two men made the first journey to the Moon back in 1909.
The film stars Gatiss as Cavor and Rory Kinnear as Bedford, with Alex Riddell, Peter Forbes, Katherine Jakeways, Lee Ingleby and Julia Deakin. This is the third collaboration between Thomas and Gatiss (after The Worst Journey In The World and Crooked House), and the first film to be produced by their production company Can Do Productions.
On adapting the novel Gatiss said "I'm completely delighted to have the chance to bring this wonderful, funny, charming and scary story to BBC Four. It's very rare to be able to adapt a genius like HG Wells for the small screen and we hope to do full justice to his extraordinary vision."
If you enjoyed 'The First Men in the Moon' you'll enjoy 'The Ant-men of Tibet' a short story by Stephen Baxter. It tells of what happened to the boy who climbed into the sphere at the end and played around with the controls and the Selenite invasion of the Earth that followed.
The First Men in the Moon is available on DVD through Amazon.co.uk.
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