Astronaut

17

98 minutes – Drama, Science Fiction
Festival release date: June 30, 2019 (Edinburgh International Film Festival)
Release date: July 26th, 2019 (Limited)
Production companies: Buck Productions, JA Productions
Canadian distributor: Aqute Media, Quiver Distribution

This is the third Canadian film to star American actor Richard Dreyfuss. This time he plays a lonely widower named Angus Stewart who once upon a time dreamt of becoming an astronaut, a dream that slipped away a long, long time ago. Now living a retirement home, his life seems over; he feels worthless and alone. But one day the dream explodes when Angus learns of a national competition. The prize? One ticket for a trip into space! Unfortunately Angus is way beyond the age-limit, but that doesn’t deter him, he simply changes his birthdate so he can enter the competition. Against all odds, but with help from his dysfunctional family, he must battle against preconceptions, ill health and time, to win the ticket and take the trip of his long lost dreams.

Astronaut marks the feature directorial debut of actress-turned-filmmaker Shelagh McLeod.



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Crew:
Producer:Jessica Adams
Sean Buckley
Executive Producer:

Jeff Sackman
Berry Meyerowitz
Richard Dreyfuss
Lyriq Bent

Co-Producer:

Harry Cherniak

Associate Producer:

Xander Copp
Shelagh McLeod
Heather Walker

Line Producer:

Ryan Reaney

Director:

Shelagh McLeod

Screenwriter:

Shelagh McLeod

Cinematographer:

A.A. Scott Mclellan

Editor:

Tiffany Beaudin

Composer:

Virginia Kilbertus

Production Designer:

Helen Kotsonis

Art Director:

Laura MacKenzie (Set Decoration)

Costume Designer:

Crystal Silden

Cast:Roles:

Richard Dreyfuss
Lyriq Bent
Krista Bridges
Richie Lawrence
Graham Greene
Colm Feore
Art Hindle
Jennifer Phipps
Joan Gregson
Mimi Kuzyk
Colin Mochrie
Paulino Nunes
Karen LeBlanc
Lori Hallier
Maria Ricossa
Shelagh McLeod
Mike Taylor
Chris Gleason
Brendan Flynn
Judy Marshak
Rhona Shekter
Alex Hatz
Peter Valdron
Ryan LaPlante
Anthony Bekenn
Sandra Beech
Casie Stewart
Jeff Douglas
Rosemary Dunmore
Jason Burke
Joanna O’Malley

Angus Stewart
Jim
Molly
Barney
Len
Marcus Brown
Joe
Alice
Frannie
Liz
Interviewer
Bill
Elisa
Ventura Mission Control
Journalist
Ventura Medical Evaluator
Contestant
Ventura Employee
Young Carer
Nurse Judy
Singer
Engineer
Technician
Radio Host
The Doctor
Jenny

Security Guard
Ventura Evaluator
Road Construction Engineer
Realtor