Christopher Carson, who wants to establish a moon colony, is documentary gold.
LUNARCY! (Simon Ennis). 80 minutes. Opens Friday (February 8). For venues and times, see listings. Rating: NNN
Lunarcy! feels like it could have been filmed by a young Errol Morris.
Making a deadpan inquiry into human eccentricity centred on the relationship a few very insistent people have with the moon, Simon Ennis - director of the comedy You Might As Well Live and, full disclosure, someone I've known casually since the late 90s - interviews a selection of American lunar enthusiasts who relate to our orbital companion in very different ways.
There's Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, who now paints moon art (pressing the imprint of his space boots into his work), and a Canadian who still treasures his memory of visiting the Houston control room during the Apollo 17 mission as a youth ambassador.
But the most memorable character is Christopher Carson, who dreams of establishing a moon colony called Luna City and never returning to Earth. Focused, articulate and resolutely unfashionable, Carson is documentary gold, though Ennis miscalculates when he tries to milk Carson's story for additional pathos with a late revelation that will surprise absolutely no one.
That said, Lunarcy! offers plenty of other material to fascinate and entrance - and if the human specimens don't do it for you, Ennis has found some absolutely gorgeous space imagery on which you can bliss out.