Cosmos – UK, 2019 – preview of sci-fi mystery movie made with no budget

‘They were searching for the truth. But the truth found them.’

Cosmos is a 2019 British science-fiction mystery feature film about three astronomers accidentally intercept what they believe to be a signal from a distant alien civilisation…

Written and directed by Elliot Weaver and Zander Weaver, the Elliander Pictures production stars Arjun Singh Panam, Tom England and Joshua Ford.

With the exception of the soundtrack score by Chris Davey, Chris Duncan and Mark Heath, directors Elliot and Zander Weaver took on all major production roles: screenwriting, prop making, lighting and camerawork, sound recording, editing, sound designing and sound mixing, VFX, poster art and trailers creation. Cosmos has been in post-production for five years.

Plot:

A clean, crisp signal cuts through the static and noise of space. When you’ve spent years listening to the sounds of the cosmos, you get used to hearing weirdness, but Mike Webster knows this is no ordinary signal. It’s not a pulsar or a black hole, it’s not interference, it’s something different, something logical, something with purpose.

As part of a three-man astronomy team crammed into a car kitted out with all manner of stellar studying equipment, Mike is reluctant to jump to grand conclusions about his little discovery, and secretly transmits a response to the signal. Pointless, he knows, even if it was from intelligent life, it’d take thousands of years for his response to reach them and thousands more for them to reply.

However, when Mike does receive a response just hours later, his scientific understanding and that of his fellow hobbyists is shaken. Could this be genuine? Is there more to decipher from the message? How could a reply come so quickly?

Cast and characters:

  • Arjun Singh Panam … Roy Kennedy
  • Tom England … Mike Webster
  • Joshua Ford … Doctor Harry Knight (as Josh Ford)
  • Ben Vardy … Dave Bennett
  • Simon Worthington … DJ Jimmy
  • Marc Baylis … Dave’s Colleague
  • Mike Coletta … Mike, SpaceGab

Technical details:

  • 128 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1

Budget:

Cosmos had no budget – all equipment was either owned prior to filming or borrowed, all locations were lent and all cast and crew worked on the project without a fee.

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