For All Mankind

UK Premiere: For All Mankind

classified PG

Restored and Rediscovered


Please note: This was screened in July 2019

Al Reinert
Jim Lovell, Ken Mattingly, Russell Schweickart
80 mins, 1989, USA
Primary language

Twenty years after the July 1969 Apollo 11 space landing this documentary brought to a wider public the extraordinary human achievements involved. Filmmaker Al Reinert went into the NASA vaults to create this original, extraordinary compendium of their journeys and experiences and hinted at the amazing footage that NASA held more of, which would go onto feature in the recent 50th anniversary documentary.

Assembled from hundreds of hours of the astronauts' own footage shot on 16mm, with a soundtrack made up of their memories and a specially composed score by Brian Eno, the film takes the form of one journey to the moon and back again, building with elegant simplicity and exquisite construction to create an overwhelming vision of human endeavour and miraculous experience. For All Mankind is at once intimate and awe-inspiring buoyed with a distinctive ambient soundtrack re-issued to mark the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing.

New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by producer-director Al Reinert with thanks to Janus Films.