The Rocket Post


The Rocket Post
The Rocket Post FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byStephen Whittaker
Written byJames MacInnes
William Morrissey
StarringUlrich Thomsen
Shauna Macdonald
Kevin McKidd
Patrick Malahide
CinematographyRichard Greatrex
Distributed byUltimate Pictures
Release date
  • 22 July 2004 (2004-07-22) (Stony Brooks Film Festival)
  • 24 November 2006 (2006-11-24)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Rocket Post is a 2004 British drama film directed by Stephen Whittaker and starring Ulrich Thomsen, Shauna Macdonald, Kevin McKidd and Patrick Malahide. It is set on a remote Scottish island during the late 1930s. The arrival of German rocket scientist Gerhard Zucker is not initially welcomed by the inhabitants of the island.

The film was shot in 2001, but its release was delayed by several years.[1] Additional footage was shot in 2005, and the film was given a limited release in Scotland the following year.

The story is very loosely based on experiments in 1934 by the German inventor Gerhard Zucker to provide a postal service to the island of Scarp by rocket mail.[2] Another fictionalised account of the experiment formed the basis of a 2001 film, also called The Rocket Post, which was filmed on Taransay.[3] The film's original score was composed by Nigel Clarke & Michael Csanyi-Wills and recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.


Two German rocket scientists are unable to obtain funding for their experiments from the German Government. They travel to Scarp, an island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Their experiments initially end in disastrous failure. Over time one of the scientists, Heinz Dombrowsky is fed up with the primitive living conditions and returns to Germany where rocketry has obtained the interest of the Third Reich. Things look up for the remaining scientist Gerhard Zucker when he falls in love with a local lass and a local handyman improves his rockets to successfully keep them from exploding.

Germany desires Gerhard to return to Germany, sending a U-Boat to abduct him.



  1. ^ "The Rocket Post: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". MovieScore Media. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "The Rocket Post (2001)" Archived 24 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine Film Hebrides. Retrieved 21 December 2008.

External links

  • Zucker Rocket
  • The Rocket Post at IMDb
  • The Rocket Post at Rotten Tomatoes
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