Prisoners of the Moon
Director: Johnny Gogan
Stars: Jim Norton, Cathy Belton, Marian Quinn
Tue 30 Jul 7.30pm Book Now
Duration: 75 mins
AGE Rating: Cert 15
Under 15s £5
Prisoners of the Moon tells the unbelievable true story of Arthur Rudolph, one of over one hundred Nazi V2 rocket engineers secretly brought to America in 1945 to work on the Cold War missile programme. Rudolph became a key figure in NASA’s race into space, but in 1990 was detained in Toronto on suspicion of being a war criminal.
As well as dramatising Rudolph’s trial from previously unseen transcripts, this documentary by Irish film-maker Johnny Gogan draws upon archive footage, expert witness interviews and the testimony of Jean Michel, a slave labour survivor of the subterranean wartime V2 factory. The film tells a story of America’s desperation to beat Russia to the moon at all costs, and of the decades-long journey to bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of 20,000 slave labourers in the V2 rocket factory and its concentration camp.