Back to scrounging movies off of YouTube today. Taking a break from Supermarionation before tackling the last puppet series. First up was Lost: Black Earth, a dull SF story about some people on a future earth taken over by aliens. It's a 2004 Australian movie, though barely 48 minute long, that spends most of it's time wandering about in the countryside. That might be nice but it's rather uninterestingly filmed and the people in the frame add an additional level of boredom that makes it less fun to watch. It scores a remarkable 4.5 on the IMDb, at least until you look at the mix of votes. It received ten votes each for 1 and a 10. That's 20 out of 68 votes for one or the other. Forty two of the votes fall in the 1-4 range so I think you know where the votes really should fall. No matter, just don't bother.
Next was Spaceflight IC 1, a 1965 British film about a spaceflight to another planet. The Earth has become crowded and they want to see if they can set up another place for humans. There are 4 couples, 4 kids and 4 more adults frozen for later use. After a year one of the women gets a fatal pancreatic infection and the Captain won't turn the ship back. When the Captain won't let her have another child she kills herself. Some of the crew rebel and lock the Captain up. One of the other men lets the Captain out. The rest of the crew can't believe it when the Captain plans to execute the Doctor who locked him up. The Captain orders the Doctor to unfreeze the Doctor in storage so he can be replaced when he's executed. Nice guy, that Captain, and I didn't mind much when the unfrozen Doctor killed him. He'd unthawed poorly and his brain was damaged. He died minutes after killing the Captain. The ship continues. The movie is over.
It's a Robert Lippert film, one of the batch he did in the UK, and like many of his movies it's not quite good enough. It was filmed at Shepperton Studios. The script is by Harry Spalding, writing under the name Henry Cross, and it wasn't that great a script. The director was Bernard Knowles who had worked on a fair bit of TV after making about a dozen movies. He worked on the 1950s British Robin Hood series, Ivanhoe, The Adventures of Sir Lancelot and The Buccaneers. Most of those episodes are much more entertaining than this film. He's also the uncredited director of The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour.