DREAMING OF THE MOON (2019) UK / short

Plot Summary

A SCI-FI story, takes place 200 years in the future. An estranged son meets his famous dying father, who passes on to him his last dying wish - to save the Moon. The film tells the story of the choice one person must make, either for the good of humanity or to its detriment.


It is the year 2212, Sir Richard Melville Power has become one of the richest and most influential men on Earth. Two years earlier, Sir Power gave up control of the Powers Corporation and passed it on to his son, Christopher Linus Power, everything except for one mysterious fund. He did not give any explanation of this, which resulted in a complete fracture in the relationship between father and son.

Although technology has not yet made man immortal, the Power’s level of wealth, can buy certainty of the exact time of one’s death, which is commonly known as “End of Life Cycle”. Knowing he is about to die, Sir Richard Power arranges one last meeting with his estranged son to tell him his last wish.

Christopher and Matthew Evans, the family counselor, arrive at the Power mansion two hours prior Sir Richard’s calculated time of death. Matthew urges Christopher to be kind to his father, since he knows about the lifelong troubles between the two of them, and asks Christopher to reconsider his decision to sell something that is extremely important to his father. Christopher promises to try his best.

Only Christopher is present at his father’s deathbed, when Sir Richard finally reveals the nature of this nameless fund. More than 30 years ago, Sir Richard learned about the “LUNAR PROJECT”, where leading conglomerates proposed to use the Moon as a dump for toxic waste and as military grounds. Sir Richard Power knew about the real reason behind these plans that they wanted to mine the Moon’s core for a newly discovered top secret element.

Along with this, the dying father reveals that he has been acting against these plans for the past 30 years. He established a fund within the Power’s corporation and dedicated the rest of his life to saving the Moon, buying it piece by piece from private owners. Finally, he managed to acquire the whole Moon, which now belongs to the mysterious Fund or, to be more precise, the Power’s family. Sir Richard asks his son to keep the Moon safe for the sake of generations to come, as a link between the past and the future.

Unfortunately, over the last two years while the father and son were apart, some major conglomerates had been waiting for Sir Richard to finish his mission and acquire the entire Moon so that afterwards, they could approach his son, Christopher Power, with an offer to buy it all at once. An offer Christopher accepted.

The film leaves the audience to wonder whether the father accomplished his last mission and saved the moon, or whether he failed and his son sold it.

© IM Production UK

  • Michael Step
  • Michael Step
  • Marie Michelle Step
  • Tony Greengrass
    Key Cast
    "Richard Power"
  • Stevie Thomson-Fitch
    Key Cast
    "Matthew Evans"
  • Chris Capaldi
    Key Cast
    "Christopher Power"
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  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Drama
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    6,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    BlackMagic RAW
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Director Biography - Michael Step

Being able to think in pictures is like being able to speak a completely different language. But it’s not so different from music, Java Script or math equations – all of them send a message, share ideas and make us feel and think. And Michel is in constant search of new ways to share this ability with the world. Born in 70’s last century, Michael never stopped discovering new things through learning. Master degree or finance analyses and lately business ownership – all of them served its purpose, shaping the path and bringing to the present point. The creation of “Dreaming of the Moon” film.

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Director Statement

This story was in my box for more than 13 years, waiting for its turn to be told. And in 2018, when we were deciding which story to film – it suddenly reminded of itself.

It’s hard to believe now, but everything in that story, what was merely a distant and impossible turn of events, nowadays is just plain reality – using Moon as the Earth’s gateway to space and lunar stations...

And it is clear now, why the story waited so long – it had to grow with me and turn into the message. To be able to make everyone to halt and think about their choices and the impact they may have.

We left a lot of hints at the end, so you could get an idea of the choice our hero made, but they are only hints. We wanted to give you a chance to decide for yourself, how it would end if it was up to you to decide.

Enjoy the story,
Michael Step