IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON (G)
In the wake of the brilliant Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, Netflix have revived a superb documentary about how mankind made it to the moon for its direct streaming debut. British documentary filmmaker David Sington restores a lot of the faded shine of NASA’s finest hour simply by letting those who were there do all the talking. There is no narration, re-enactments or any other unnecessary diversions from the extraordinary tale being told here. Sington does little more than interview a crosssection of astronauts who participated in the Apollo program. Their words — expertly knitted together with some amazing archival footage from the NASA archives — paint a clear and powerful picture of a magic time in the planet’s history. Remember, it is now more than 40 years since we last went to the moon. Even if the decision was made tomorrow to go there again, it would take the best part of a decade for a mission to be adequately mounted. A captivating and revelatory experience from beginning to end.