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Amateurs in Space (2016)

Over a period of 6 years award winning director Max Kester follows two best friends and top engineers as they follow their dream to build a "DIY" rocket to travel into space. If they ... See full summary »


Max Kestner
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Credited cast:
Kristian von Bengtson Kristian von Bengtson ... Self
Peter Madsen Peter Madsen ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steen Andersen Steen Andersen ... Self
Mehti Mehti ... Self - Peter Madsen's physician
Thomas Scherrer Thomas Scherrer ... Self
Benny Wgesø Benny Wgesø ... Self - Peter Madsen's brother (archive footage)


Over a period of 6 years award winning director Max Kester follows two best friends and top engineers as they follow their dream to build a "DIY" rocket to travel into space. If they succeed, Denmark will be only the fourth nation in history to launch people beyond the Earth's atmosphere. Against their families odd's and technical challenges they build the cheapest rocket.

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A must-see if you are interested in the person Peter Madsen
23 October 2017 | by Catharina_SwedenSee all my reviews

Peter Madsen is currently being investigated for the murder of a female Swedish journalist on board his submarine, including very weird and unpleasant details that I do not have to write down here. They are everywhere on the internet anyway. This crime is discussed everywhere in Sweden and Denmark since it took place in mid-August this year, and it was my curiosity about Peter Madsen that made me look for this movie. I am not really into rocket science! So for me it was only positive that so much in the movie was about the man, rather than about the technology.

One could say against the movie that it is episodic, that its continuity is not so good - but maybe it was the intention of the film-maker to deliver only bits-and-pieces here-and-there from Madsen's and von Bengtson's joint project? Be that as maybe, it was very interesting to get this insight into Madsen - now when everybody in Scandinavia is trying to understand and come to terms with what happened on that submarine in the night 10-11 August...

I think it was a great pity that the female journalist did not do her research properly before meeting her interview subject, because if she had watched this film she might have been warned by his behaviour here, and by the head injury and all his friends urging him to have his head examined - and never gone underwater alone with him. Another thought: if the doctor in the movie had done a more thorough job, when Madsen himself was in fact asking for help, maybe Madsen could have received treatment for his obvious psychiatric problems earlier, and in that case the tragedy would probably not have happened either. There are many "if only:s" in that terrible story!

I would not recommend this movie to anyone who is primarily interested in the work of Copenhagen Suborbitals, because they have themselves made much better informative movies that you can see for free at Youtube. But if you are interested in Peter Madsen as a person, during the years that led up to him becoming "Murder-Madsen" as he is often called now instead of his old nickname "Rocket-Madsen", this is a must-see. (You learn a little about the Danish and American rockets as well.)

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9 November 2017 (Germany) See more »

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Amatorzy w kosmosie See more »

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Copenhagen, Denmark

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