The Last Days on Mars

Synopsis: On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he's made an historic discovery; fossilised evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claim the glory, he disobeys orders to pack up, and goes out on an unauthorised expedition to collect further samples. But a routine excavation turns to disaster, when the porous ground collapses, and he falls into a deep crevice and near certain death. His devastated colleagues attempt to recover his body. However, when another vanishes, they begin to realise; the life-form they've discovered is highly dangerous to all human life.
Director(s): Ruairi Robinson
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min




First big one of the season.


It's heading right for base.


It's gonna mess up Kim's dig.

She's not gonna like that.

Yeah, well, I don't

like it much either.

There's a surprise.

Lighten up, Vince,

a bit of dust never hurt anyone.

It's not the dust

I'm worried about.

Harrington, you seeing this?

- Yeah, it's a beast.

Cycle down the backup grids

in case we lose anything.


- We'll be back as soon as we pick up Kim.


Campbell to Aldrich.

Campbell to Aldrich.


Campbell to Aldrich.

Come in, Kim.

It's 15:
30, Kim.

Come on, Kim, time to wrap it up.

F*** off.

Actually, I'd be happy to, Kim.

Unfortunately, Brunel

wants you back at the briefing.

Well, he'll have to wait,

won't he?


Ten things about Mars you won't

miss when you're back on Earth.

Only ten?

Uh... storms.

Your driving.



- Kim.


A six-month commute home

in a floating coffin. With Kim.

Is that ten?

I've lost count already.

It's not a coffin, Vince.

But that's an interesting

choice of words.

Okay. A nice big spaceship.

What do you want me to say?

We get out

and walk at the end.

On green grass.

Under blue skies.


Green grass. Blue skies.


Blue skies around the corner

Everything's gonna be right

Never a cloud

in those bright blue skies


Running late, Kim.


Don't worry, I'll take the heat.

Did you get all the

samples you wanted?

Does it matter?

We're still going back empty-handed.

Come on, Kim. That's not fair.

We've achieved a lot here.

Yeah, like what?

As far as I'm concerned, we're just

sharpening pencils for the next crew.

Whoever remembered the second man

on the moon anyway?

It was Buzz Aldrin.

Yeah, first man

to piss on the moon.


He pissed himself on the moon.

You didn't know that?

Well, that's something for us all

to aspire to, isn't it?

I just don't want to go

home with nothing.

- Six months isn't enough time.

- You could always stay.

Vincent, why don't you just go...

Let's go.

MAN 1:
Rover One, where are you?

We've got circuits failing all over.

Sorry. Got held up.

On our way.

All right,

but we need you back here.

We've lost our link to the Aurora

and Harrington can't handle it alone.

Where's Vincent?

I wanna talk to my daughter.

On his way, I hope.

Six months cruising and now this.

Bit of a mess.

Be all right. We're in the home

stretch. One more day.

Hey. When you wake up,

I'd love to know how long it'll

be before skylink's restored.

Sorry. Uh...

- Yeah, nearly there.


Ah, yeah. This should be it.

Here we go.

We've lost your signal,

do you copy?

Sorry, guys. We had a power

outage due to the storm.

We can see it from Sat Four.

You had us worried for a minute.

All right, time check: final approach

burn in 19 hours, 56 minutes.

Copy that. Safe orbit.

Be great to see you guys again.

Brunel out.

- MAN 1:
For f***'s sake.

- MAN 2:
Jesus, no.

All right.

Manual check everything.

All systems.


What are you so happy about?


Vince, tell me you're close by.

We're on our own until you get

these systems back online.

Roger that.

Almost there.

Keep losing charge on this thing.

Don't want to push it too hard.

Roger that, Vince.

I need a word.

All right. Okay.

- I need to go back out again.

- Forget it.

We've got a briefing.

We need everyone on base.

What's going on?

Gamma sensor on Site Nine

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Clive Dawson

Clive Dawson is an established screenwriter working in film and television. His credits include a number of the UKs top-rated television shows including The Bill and Casualty. He was also the creator and sole-writer of the original motion picture screenplay for the theatrical feature-film, The Bunker. His latest project is a feature-length adaptation of Sydney J. Bounds' sci-fi short story 'The Animators', directed by Oscar-nominated Ruairi Robinson and produced by Qwerty Films. more…

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