Alice on Mars

Alice (of Wonderland) and her further adventures on Mars! It's Alice in Wonderland meets War of the Worlds with Flash Gordon thrown in for good measure!
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*See Robert Rankin and Martin Gooch talk about the film here*

Alice on Mars - The Movie

We all know Alice - one of the most popular female characters in history! Her first adventures were written 150 years ago and nearly every adventure film since then has simply been an adaptation of her adventures in wonderland!

Now it is time for a brand new adventure!

When Alice is abducted by aliens she begins her biggest and strangest adventure. In a tale told to the boy Robert by his Granddad’s ventriloquists’ dummy, Alice, together with her loyal and brave flock of performing kiwi birds, becomes embroiled in a twisted epic saga of worlds domination, robot wars and thwarted romance.

Alice on Mars will be a visually stunning work of comedy space opera, with great actors, great locations and an epic story encompassing the entire galaxy! If you love Alice in Wonderland, HG Wells, The War of the Worlds, Flash Gordon then this is the Movie for you! How could anyone not be excited when faced with the prospect of:

Martian Mayhem!

Destruction on a planetary scale!

The year is 1888 and WORLDS WAR TWO has just begun!

Here is a slightly longer Promo film - to give you a feel of Alice's world...


Help us Make Alice on Mars - the Movie!

Prolific British humorist Robert Rankin and award winning film maker Martin Gooch have joined forces to make the film version of Robert's acclaimed and beautifully illustrated book "Alice on Mars."

Making a movie typically involves several stages: development; pre-production; production and post-production. Each stage requires a budget, and whilst Martin has acquired a wealth of experience in cutting feature film budgets right down to the bare essentials, and a handy knack for making a little money go a long long way, a core budget is needed to get the show on the road, and get Alice to Mars, so she can start her wonderful and magical adventures on Mars!

We've done most of the development work: Martin has written the script from Robert's book, actors and crew have been lined up, as well as an initial trailer being made, which hopefully you've already enjoyed by the time you're reading this! If not, check out the trailer in the update section of this Indiegogo campaign! Amazing, wasn't it?!

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Truly independent films are a rarity. If you'd love to experience the magic of seeing a unique voice in cinema making movies then help us make Alice on Mars and potentially see YOUR NAME up there in lights, which is a wonderful feeling!

We need your help with the pre-producton - getting everything and everyone lined up to start filming - as well as the production of the film - shooting the script frame by frame, scene by scene, bringing everything to life, and expanding on the magnificent taster you saw in the trailer. This Indiegogo campaign should give us a core budget to put in place firm foundations for the film, and will enable us to approach other sources of finance to ensure completion of Alice on Mars. We're planning to complete most of the work during 2015, and aiming to have the final movie ready in 2016. The more we raise from this Indiegogo campaign the quicker we will be able to complete the film, and also potentially film additional scenes with additional actors.

Martin's two previous films were both completed and made it to film festivals, and we  are very confident that Alice on Mars will follow that glorious path too, kicking up clouds of red dust from her steam punk heels!

In addition, as this will be a quintessentially British film, once it is completed we will be eligible for BFI British Cultural status, which entitles us to 25% of our spent budget back - which means that more money can go towards giving the Movie a final polish and helping it on its way around a series of festivals in 2015/2016. Martin's last film scored 100% on the BFI British Cultural status and we'd be looking to match that success with Alice on Mars.

Alice on Mars is a wonderful & magical story that will appeal to people of all ages with its strong female lead character! 

See our perks for all the wonderful rewards you can get from pledging to support this Indiegogo campaign for Alice on Mars, ranging from helping to add a few dilithium crystals to our rocket engines, right up to becoming a Martian Ambassador. 

Please help us on our journey by pledging your support, telling everyone you know about this wonderful project, and use the Indiegogo share tools to help spread the word about how you helped Alice save the Earth! 

About the Film Makers

The Writer

Alice on Mars - the Movie - is based on Alice on Mars - the Book - by British cult author Robert Fleming Rankin, a prolific British humorous novelist. Born in Parsons Green, London (he attended Ealing School of Art in the company of such luminaries as Freddie Mercury whose white satin trousers Robert ruined with a cup of coffee). He started writing in the late 1970s, and first entered the bestsellers lists with Snuff Fiction in 1999, by which time his previous eighteen books had sold around one million copies. His books are a mix of science fictionfantasy, the occulturban legendsrunning gagsmetafictionsteampunk and outrageous characters. Robert refers to his style as 'Far Fetched Fiction' in the hope that bookshops will let him have a section to himself. Many of his books are set in Brentford, a suburb of London where Robert grew up, and which, in his novels, is usually infested with alien conspiracies and/or ancient evil. Much like the real Brentford.

Robert has self-published his first 23 novels (up to and including Fandom of the Operator) on Kindle with new cover artwork, making them available to a wider audience, despite many of them being out of print.

Robert has won the following awards:

                Coventry Inspiration Book Awards (2007) Lost Worlds

                British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2006)

                SFX Best Novel Award Winner (2003)

                British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1997)

                The Hub Best Comedy (Audio) Award.

The Writer, Producer & Director

Martin Gooch has a great track record in actually making movies! Martin has made two award winning feature films in the last two years, with both of them securing DVD release and winning awards at film festivals round the world!

Martin directed the live action on the BAFTA Winning and Emmy Nominated "Spooks Interactive". His second feature film, "The Search for Simon" premiered at the BFI Sci-Fi London film festival to great acclaim, and went on to win Best Movie at both the Monaco International Film Festival and the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival!

His debut feature film "After Death" (also known as "Death"), a comedy sci-fi drama, won 8 awards at 10 festivals including the coveted Bram Stoker Best Director award, and also received nominations for Best Movie at Raindance 2012 and Best Director at the Hollywood Feel Good Film Festival 2012. The film came out on DVD and Video-on-Demand (VOD) in the USA in July 2013 and in the UK in Jan 2014. Check out HMV or Morrisons for a physical copy or the Sony Entertainment Network for a digital copy! 

Martin is an experienced and highly organized director with a great eye for a story. He has an in-depth understanding of shooting, having worked on thirteen feature films and over two hundred television programmes from Judge Dredd to EastendersHollyoaksHarry Potter and even The Muppets! He also has a Masters Degree in Screenwriting and has sold two feature scripts and had four optioned.

"After Death" IMBD entry: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1822203/

"The Search for Simon" IMDB entry: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2340076/

Actors attached:

It's early days yet - and actors and crew will come to the cause as the film moves along!

We have already confirmed the wonderful Lucy Clements to play the Red Queen, you can already see her in the trailer film above. Lucy is also in The Search for Simon and the ABCs of Death. We are thrilled to have such a wonderful and beautiful actress on the movie.

Legendary british actor Leslie Phillips will be voicing the Cheshire Cat for us. He's already worked on three of Martin's movies DEATH, Arthur's Amazing Things and The Orgasm Raygun! When we asked him if he'd be interested in being in the film he said "I'm absolutly delighted to be involved!" which we thought was nice.

Monty Python stalwart the wonderfully talented Carol Cleveland has also come on board, following the success of Martin's second feature film The Search for Simon, and Linal Haft who was also in Martin's first movie The Orgasm Raygun and DEATH, as well as the slightly more well known Moulin Rouge by Baz Lurman, will be lending us his awesome acting talents!

The beautiful Noeleen Comiskey will be appearing in the film and we can't wait to work with her again, she was so much fun on The Search for Simon we simply couldn't make another film without her!

The most splendid Jon Campling from Harry Potter will be coming on board as not only is he an excellent actor but he has the best wardrobe we've ever seen! Honestly - the shoes he wore to the read through are still being talked about!

And of course Robert Rankin will be in it as well! How could we not?

Many more actors yet to come, and we have some very exciting things to say that we are contractually not allowed to say at this point... Except that we've just signed MMM MMM MMM... 

Noeleen Comiskey on set for The Search for Simon.

Lucy Clements as the Red Queen.

Jon Campling working for Network Rail on Harry Potter.

Linal Haft in Moulin Rouge.

Carol Clevland from Monty Python and The Search for Simon.

Robert Rankin a man who knows his suits.

Leslie Phillips in Martin's first movie DEATH. (Now available in the UK and the USA!)

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  • £5GBP
    Dilithium Crystals

    Every little bit helps to fuel this Indiegogo project! For your welcome contribution of some dilithium crystals we will thank you on the Alice on Mars Facebook page and you'll have Alice's eternal gratitude, who'll be sending you a big smile and a wave all the way from Mars!

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    Your name IN the film

    We know times are hard and there are important things to spend your money on, so we thought how about having your name IN the film? Not on the credits at the end or the titles at the beginning of the film. But actually written on something on set in the film!! Awesome huh? That's got to be worth a fiver of anyone's money. Most likely I imagine your name will be on a poster in the background on a wall in old Victorian London.

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    Movie Poster 1

    This will be a fantastic poster based on Roberts own drawings, similar to the art work you see on the page so far. No wall should be without one!

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    Movie Poster 2

    This will be a copy of the actual film poster yet to be designed! Just like the posters you see in your local cinema! We are very excited about this and determined to create something wonderful and the sort of thing we'd want above our mantlepiece in years to come.

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    Alice on Mars DVD

    Your very own, signed, copy of the fruits of all the work that will have gone into making this marvellous, magical, Martian movie that is Alice on Mars!

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    Alice on Mars DVD Round 2!

    Your very own, signed, copy of the fruits of all the work that will have gone into making this marvellous, magical, Martian movie that is Alice on Mars! We Plan on doing several sets of DVD's with different characters on the front cover, as the DVDs seem to be very popular! An Alice one, a Baron One, A Hatter one, A White Rabbit one, and probably a Red Queen, because she scares us.

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    Signed Screenplay

    Robert and Martin will squiggle their signatures on a beautiful copy of the shooting script for you to go through once the film is finished and see how close the final cut was to what we wrote!

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    Alice on Mars DVD Round 3!

    Wowzers! The DVDs are clearly very popular so this is round three! A different design to add to the first two. Your very own, signed, DVD copy. We Plan on doing several sets of DVD's with different characters on the front cover, as the DVDs seem to be very popular! An Alice one, a Baron One, A Hatter one, A White Rabbit one, and probably a Red Queen, because she scares us.

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    The Finest in Martian Fashion

    A limited edition and exclusive T-shirt based on the amazing Alice on Mars artwork by Robert Rankin. Possibly produced using cotton from the Martian silk-worm, but more likely not.

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    Secret Martian Base Screening

    A ticket to a very select secret screening of the film in a central London venue. We might even do this in full Martian steam punk fancy dress... Exact date TBC once film is completed. Travel and accommodation not included.

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    Message from Mars

    You will get your name immortalised in the credits of Alice on Mars.

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    Martian Red Carpet at BAFTA

    A highly coveted ticket to a Martian Red carpet screening of Alice on Mars at BAFTA London. Exact date TBC once film is completed. Travel and accommodation not included.

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    The Martian Cantina Bar

    Do you like Star Wars? Then you'll love this! In the film Alice, the Baron and the Red Queen pop into the Martian Cantina Bar for a refreshing glass of blue milk. We want you to let your imagination run wild: Come and be the alien at the bar, the bardroid or even one of the band and end up immortalised on screen! If your costume skills are not up to it - we will help. Travel and accommodation not included

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    One Amazing Day on Mars

    You can come and be an extra on set when we film Alice on Mars. Travel and accommodation not included.

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    Martian UFO Commander

    You will receive an Associate Producer Credit on the film, and have been a huge help in getting the Movie made. In our eyes you'll look heroic like Simon's brother David when he stepped down from the Shroomship in our last film!

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    The Hall of the Martian King

    In the film Alice meets the King of Mars in his Palace! It is most splendid and populated with all sorts of weirdos! We need you to be a weirdo!! You will in in shot in a main scene in the film with Alice, the Red Queen, The King of Mars and the evil Baron Voice.

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    Martian Tea with Earth Queen

    In a key scene from Alice on Mars, Alice has tea with Queen Victoria. There are several other people having tea, one of them could be you! Remember: On Mars, you don't stick out your little finger when drinking tea!

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    Martian Adventurer

    Come and be on the set of Alice on Mars for a day and see how the Movie is made. Plus get an Associate Producer Credit, and two tickets to the BAFTA red carpet screening. Exact dates to be confirmed, and does not include travel or accommodation.

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    Martian Ambassador

    You will be credited as an Executive Producer, with your name on the poster, DVD cover and in all publicity! Plus have a day on the set, and have two tickets to the BAFTA Red Carpet Screening. Exact date to be confirmed and does not include travel or accommodation. Very few people have what it takes to be a Martian Ambassador - are you one of the Galaxy's finest?

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