Family / Sci Fi (2012)

Directed by Alan Brennan

Rafe SpallPrometheus, One Day, Hot Fuzz, Jenn MurrayDorothy Mills, David MorrisseyCenturion, Blitz, Nowhere Boy

Stephen Hogan, Ned Dennehy, Carrie Crowley, Aoife Duffin.

Joe believes he's an alien from another planet, hiding from intergalactic bounty hunters. When he falls in love with down-to-earth Maria he risks everything by telling her the truth.

Completion : 2012
Status : Released

Production Info

Genre :Family / Sci Fi
Tagline :Is Joe really from outer space ..or is he just on another planet?
Format :Anamorphic 2.35 : 1
Runtime :93 mins
Languages :English
Completion :2012
Release :2012
Status :Released


Director :Alan Brennan
Producers :Heidi Karin Madsen, Jacqueline Kerrin (Exec), Dominic Wright (Exec).
Script Writer :Alan Brennan
Music :Liam Bates
Crew :Director of Photography: PJ Dillon; Editor: Barry Moen; Casting: Louise Kiely; Production Design: David Wilson; Art Director: Francis Taaffe; Costume Design: Louise Stanton; Hair: Lorraine Brennan; Makeup: Liz Byrne; Production Manager: Donna Eperon



Like most people, Joe Norman just wants the ordinary things in life: a well-paying job he doesn’t hate, an affordable place to call home, and a nice girl to settle down with. But an ordinary life is hard to come by when you’re the sole surviving son of Zalaxon, a world embroiled in endless rebellion against the invading alien dictator Xalador. Charged by his dying father to remain hidden and continue their species, Joe searches continuously for a “compatible” human mate. So when he meets Maria, Joe believes his quest might finally be nearing its end. However, the course of true love never did run smoothly, particularly when intergalactic bounty hunters are involved. After Joe reveals his extraterrestrial origins to her, Maria believes it to be nothing more than an unhealthy obsession with old Battlestar Galactica reruns, until she, too, starts seeing the signs of an interstellar conspiracy at play.

Redefining the concept of star-crossed lovers, writer/director Alan Brennan approaches his sci-fi rom-com with a witty, inventive playfulness that keeps his characters, and audiences, guessing as to the film’s ambiguous truth.


Cast: Rafe Spall (Prometheus, One Day, Hot Fuzz)
Jenn Murray
(Dorothy Mills)
David Morrissey
(Centurion, Blitz, Nowhere Boy)
Stephen Hogan
Ned Dennehy
Carrie Crowley
Aoife Duffin
Shooting Locations:Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland



  • 2013 Chicago Irish Film Festival, USA
  • 2013 Dublin Jameson International Film Festival, Ireland
  • 2013 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, USA
  • 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Next Wave, Canada
  • 2012 Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland (Irish Premiere)
  • 2012 Seattle International Film Festival, USA (World Premiere)


  • Winner Best First Irish Feature, Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland 2012
  • Best of Festival Selected, Seattle Interntaional Film Festival, USA 2012


"The thinking person's loopy sci-fi movie.. Earthbound acquires a pathos that places it outside the realm of comedy or sci-fi, turning it into a psychological drama that probes self-delusion and even psychosis" - Variety Magazine

"Exquisite comic timing and heart" - The Seattle Times

"A tiny epic sci-fi that sets phasers firmly to charm ..Earthbound’s imagination abducts your heart" - VodZilla

"Witty, funny, quixotic, and at times heartbreaking" - Giant Freakin Robot

"Spall is terrifically deadpan" - Variety Magazine

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EARTHBOUND    © 2012 © 2012 - A RIPPLE WORLD PICTURES / PAPER DREAMS production written and directed by ALAN BRENNAN and produced with the kind support of Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board and the European Commission MEDIA programme.