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ASTRONAUT - THEATRICAL OPENING, July 26th

Updated: Jul 14, 2019

Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Lyriq Bent, Krista Bridges, Colm Feore, Richie Lawerence, Graham Greene

In Theatres July 26, 2019. Written and Directed by Shelagh McLeod

STARRING: Richard Dreyfuss, Lyriq Bent, Krista Bridges, Colm Feore, Richie Lawerence, Graham Greene


When lonely widower Angus moves into a retirement home, his life seems over; he feels worthless and alone. But Angus’s long extinguished dream is reignited when an exciting national competition is announced. The prize? One golden ticket for a trip to space!  Way past the age limit, he doesn't have a chance. But spurred on by his grandson, Angus fudges his birthdate, and enters the competition. Against all odds, he must battle against prejudice, ill health, and time, to win the ticket and take the trip of his dreams.


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One old man. One last dream. One golden ticket to the stars.


All Angus ever wanted to be was an astronaut. Now 75 years old, in failing health, and his road-engineering career over, Angus’ cherished dreams of going to space have long been extinguished. Taken in by his daughter Molly after the death of his wife Rose, Angus’ days are spent avoiding his bullish son-in-law, Jim, and gently encouraging his beloved grandson Barney to believe in himself. A stunning comet appears in the sky, just as maverick billionaire Marcus Brown announces a lottery style competition. The prize? One free ticket for a trip to space! Twelve names will be drawn from the hat and then the shortlisted individuals will participate in a TV interview and the contestant with the most public votes wins the golden ticket. Marcus’ 20-year quest to launch the first commercial spaceship is about to be realized. And he’s prepared to take risks to achieve his goal. Barney wants Angus to enter. But Angus knows his days are numbered and dismisses Barney’s plea.


When Angus collapses from a trans ischemic attack (TIA), Molly is distraught. Refusing to be a burden, Angus commits himself into a nursing home, much to Jim’s relief. Although it’s the last place Angus wants to be, a strange friendship evolves with stroke victim Len. The space competition is closing and Angus is desperate to at least enter and have a chance. He fudges his birth date and enters the competition. Events take a further turn when Angus’ name is drawn for the competition and Jim is fired from his banking job. As an unexpected alliance forms between the two men, Barney and the nursing home residents all join forces to secretly help Angus prepare for the interview.



Angus arrives at the space centre and notices something unusual about the space plane’s runway; he flags what could be a hazard to take off. But nobody listens. It’s showtime. Angus faces the cameras. Overcome with terrible nerves, Angus has a serious TIA live on air.


He loses consciousness and is disqualified. Devastated that his dream over, Angus returns to

the nursing home.



It’s countdown to launch day and Angus knows deep down that shortcuts in the space plane runway construction have been made – it was his field of expertise. Those cracks are not right! Angus, desperate to stop a tragedy occurring, implores Marcus to listen to him. ‘The runway is not safe!’ But Marcus is unmoved – there is too much is at stake. They can’t delay the launch for some whim of an old man. A commotion on the runway causes Marcus to track down Angus and his family. Shaken and humbled he tells Angus he was right. The limestone has eroded under the top layer of the runway. Angus agrees to help find a solution and feels valid again.


It’s launch day. The excited astronauts arrive at the space plane. Marcus leads the way. Angus, triumphant and proud, stands besides him. Marcus’s girlfriend, Elisa has sacrificed her seat for Angus. Angus’ dreams are finally about to be realized, he’s ready for the trip of a lifetime, and the stars await him. Angus says goodbye to his family and blasts off to space.



Richard Dreyfuss

“Angus”


Richard Dreyfuss is an Activist American Citizen. He is a spokesperson on the issue of media informing policy, legislation, and public opinion, both speaking and writing to express his sentiments in favor of privacy, freedom of speech, democracy, and individual accountability. With an entertainment career spanning more than four decades, Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss has been one of America’s most versatile and individualistic actors.


As a Community Leader, his current focus and passion is to encourage, revive, elevate, and enhance the teaching of civics in American Schools. He is the Founder of the non-profit organization, www.TheDreyfussInitiative.org and is leading a nationwide effort to bring back civics to our American youth: "All people have a right to know who they are and why they are who they are. Clarity of thought and honesty in self-reflection are more than needed utilities – they are the building blocks of our national moral character." (From: Why I Love My Country).


Dreyfuss also serves on the committee for Education with the American Bar Association, 12 years on the Board of the National Constitution Center, is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and served as Senior Research Advisory Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford University.


Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Lyriq Bent, Krista Bridges, Colm Feore, Richie Lawerence, Graham Greene


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