Writer, broadcaster and film maker Dr Christopher Riley has worked in the field of public engagement in science for over fifteen years.
He gained his doctorate from Imperial College, University of London in 1995 and began reporting for the BBC Radio Science unit the same year. He moved to BBC television in 1997 to work as series researcher for their landmark series The Planets. He co-presented the BBC's 1999 total eclipse coverage and their 30th anniversary celebrations of Apollo 11 - Moon Landings Live the same year.
He is a guest lecturer on the Science Communication M.Sc., at Imperial College, University of London and a senior visiting fellow at the University of Lincoln's Department of Media Production. He lectured at the The University of Leicester's bi-annual UK Space School between 2000 and 2005 when he was elected as a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in recognition of his endeavours in public engagement in astronomy.
Making The Film
Moonwalk One was commissioned by NASA to cover their historic Apollo 11 Moon shot in July 1969. The director, Theo Kamecke, was brought on board with only a few weeks to go. His vision for the film was to create something that would mark the historic, philosophical and epic nature of this greatest of endeavours upon which mankind was about to embark.
Shooting on 35 and 70mm film, Theo meticulously captured the events leading up to the mission; from the final construction of the awesome space vehicles and the last minute preparations of the crew, to the crowds gathering to witness the mighty Saturn V launch at the Cape. With an original score by Charles Morrow and a commanding narration by Laurence Luckinbill, Theo’s Apollo doc has been described as perhaps the most significant time capsule record of Apollo 11 ever made.
Working closely with Theo, Moonwalk One has now been re-mastered – combining a unique 35mm director’s cut with the newly transferred 16mm NASA flight film media, to create a new HD digital master of the movie.