Earthbound, the feature film debut of Irish writer / director Alan Brennan starring Rafe Spall, has confirmed an Irish theatrical release date of March 15th. The film will have an advance screening as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival on Wednesday February 20th in Cineworld Cinemas, which will be attended by Alan Brennan and other special guests. The charming sci-fi comedy stars Rafe Spall (Prometheus, Hot Fuzz, Life of Pi and I Give it a Year) alongside Jenn Murray (Dorothy Mills) and David Morrissey (Blitz, Centurion, Nowhere Boy, The Walking Dead).
The film was the winner of the Best First Irish Feature award at the 2012 Galway Film Fleadh and was selected for the Best of Festival Selection at the Seattle International Film Festival 2012. It was shot on location in Dublin and also stars Carrie Crowley and Ned Dennehy.
Like most people, Joe Norman (Spall) just wants the ordinary things in life: a well-paying job he doesn’t hate, an affordable place to call home, and a nice girl to settle down with. But an ordinary life is hard to come by when you’re the sole surviving son of Zalaxon, a world embroiled in endless rebellion against the invading alien dictator Xalador. Charged by his dying father to remain hidden and continue their species, Joe searches continuously for a “compatible” human mate.
So when he meets Maria (Murray), Joe believes his quest might finally be nearing its end. However, the course of true love never did run smoothly, particularly when intergalactic bounty hunters are involved. After Joe reveals his extraterrestrial origins to her, Maria believes it to be nothing more than an unhealthy obsession with old Battlestar Galactica reruns, until she too starts seeing the signs of an interstellar conspiracy at play.
Earthbound (cert: TBC) is a Ripple World Pictures / Paper Dreams film produced with the support of Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board and the European Commission MEDIA programme.