Ruairí Robinson’s debut feature, Last Days on Mars, is set to be released in Irish cinemas 11th April. Written by Clive Dawson, the film follows a crew of astronauts on the first manned mission to Mars. One of the crew members of Tantalus Base believes he has made an astounding discovery – fossilized evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claim all the glory, he disobeys orders to pack up and goes out on an unauthorized expedition to collect further samples. But a routine excavation turns to disaster when the porous ground collapses and he falls into a deep crevice and near certain death. His devastated colleagues attempt to recover his body. However, when another vanishes they start to suspect that the life-form they have discovered is not yet dead. As the group begins to fall apart it seems their only hope is the imminent arrival of the relief ship Aurora …
The film stars Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic and Tom Cullen.
Produced by Fantastic Films and Qwerty Films with Irish Film Board funding, Last Days on Mars was shot by Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan with post-production handled by Irish VFX house Screen Scene.
Hope these Irish sci-fi movies make a better impact than our horror ones?