The Rocket Post

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The Rocket Post
The Rocket Post FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Stephen Whittaker
Written by James MacInnes
William Morrissey
Starring Ulrich Thomsen
Shauna Macdonald
Kevin McKidd
Patrick Malahide
Cinematography Richard Greatrex
Distributed by Ultimate Pictures
Release date
  • 22 July 2004 (2004-07-22) (Stony Brooks Film Festival)
  • 24 November 2006 (2006-11-24)
Running time
112 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Rocket Post is a 2004 British drama film directed by Stephen Whittaker and starring Ulrich Thomsen, Shauna Macdonald, Kevin McKidd and Patrick Malahide. It is set on a remote Scottish island during the late 1930s. The arrival of German rocket scientist Gerhard Zucker is not initially welcomed by the inhabitants of the island.

The film was shot in 2001, but its release was delayed by several years.[1] Additional footage was shot in 2005, and the film was given a limited release in Scotland the following year.

The story is very loosely based on experiments in 1934 by the German inventor Gerhard Zucker to provide a postal service to the island of Scarp by rocket mail.[2] Another fictionalised account of the experiment formed the basis of a 2001 film, also called The Rocket Post, which was filmed on Taransay.[3] The film's original score was composed by Nigel Clarke & Michael Csanyi-Wills and recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.

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