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Apollo 11 has landed

Alex Round speaks to Apollo 11's Stephen Slater, who worked on the archive footage for the highly anticipated documentary

Ever dreamt of being an astronaut, flying up into space and seeing if the moon is really made of cheese, just like Wallace said?

No, me neither, but the closest I've ever got to that dream (that I definitely do not haveā€¦) has been watching Apollo 11 at this year's Doc/Fest in Sheffield.

The first 30 minutes of the film was launch footage that had never been shown before, and the film had its world premiere to the public at the festival.

"Several months into the project, we discovered all of this never-before-seen 70mm footage," says Stephen. "It's basically IMAX-quality film shot in 1969."

This meant that a team in New York had to build a prototype scanner to read the footage, and it was a huge task. But it was worth all of the hard work because the visuals in this documentary are outstanding.

Why should you watch it?

"It's the closest you're going to get to witness the mission as it happened," Stephen explains.

Even if you aren't a space nerd, you have to appreciate that the moon landing is pretty cool. But what about conspiracy theorists?

Stephen joked: "They'll be entertained by it, but is it going to change anyone's mind? No.

"If you have that warped view of reality I don't think this is going to change anything."

Alex Round

Freelance writer.

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