The Unspeakable Distance of the Stars

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The Unspeakable Distance of the Stars
Original theatrical poster
Film StudioCapsicum Studios
GenreSci-fi comedy-drama
DirectorHermia Vance Gibbons
ProducerKaren Whelker/Abby Lewes
Based onThe novel Light Yearbook by Briony Cartwright
StarringLucette Harms, Halvard Scholfield, Matilda Warner
Production companyCapsicum Studios
PremièreJune 22, 2016
Release dateJune 24, 2016
CountryWiwaxia Flag.jpg Wiwaxia
BudgetUS$22 million
GrossUS$306 million

The Unspeakble Distance of the Stars is a 2016 science fiction comedy-drama based loosely on the novel Light Yearbook by Briony Cartwright. The film stars Halvard Scholfield as Second-Lieutenant Steve Graydon of the spaceship Corydon under the command of Lucette Harms as Captain Elsa DeMeyer, with Matilda Warner in the supporting role of second-in-command Colonel Liza Lipscomb.


On a hopeless quest to find a habitable planet following a nuclear holocaust, Second-Lieutenant Steve Graydon of the spaceship Corydon falls in love with his oblivious superior, Captain Elsa DeMeyer, to the amusement of second-in-command Colonel Liza Lipscomb, who makes Graydon's life miserable. Hilarity ensues before true love wins out. Then the Corydon crash lands on the planet Skelter, killing all but Graydon, DeMeyer and Lipscomb who are enslaved by the ectoplasmic inhabitants until Graydon saves them by pretending to seduce the ectoplasmic leader who lets them go free, which gains him Lipscomb's respect at last, while DeMeyer manages to get the Corydon back up and running. The movie ends with Graydon adoringly watching DeMeyer as she pilots them to an unknown future.



The movie was shot in May-June 2016. The film was shot mostly on the soundstage of Capsicum Studios. The external scenes of the planet Skelter were shot in Konnevai National Park in Onnutu. Filming took seven weeks, with significant post-production and special effects produced by kAzz-E Labs.


The movie premiered at the Mercury Theater in Wiwaxmouthe, with all the stars and director attending, on June 22, 2016. The initial global release was on June 24, when it premiered in the rest of Wiwaxia as well as in theaters in Ataraxia, Kalm, Pretany, Kojo, Karolia, Mauretia, Broceliande, Paroy, Freedemia, Neo Delta, Egani, Gobrassanya, Khaiwoon, Ingerland, Latina, Ardisphere, Mergany, Orinoco, Onnutu, Hoppan, Pasundan-Padjadjaran and Myrcia, among many other countries.


The movie was a huge popular success, breaking records for in Wiwaxia for first-weekend takings, of over 40 million USD. Critics were also generally positive, although the film received some less-than stellar reviews, with Alba Cantwell of the Wiwax Tribune writing "with its snappy dialogue, stunning effects and Halvard Scholfield's breakthrough performance, the film will no doubt be a huge hit with audiences, eager to overlook a hastily pasted-together plot that puts the operatic into space opera." [1]

Briony Cartwright Controversy

Following months of speculation, Capsicum released the names of the main stars of the film in November 2014, including Halvard Scholfield, then most known for the role of Putty in the popular TV comedy series Putty in Her Hands. Fans of the novel Light Yearbook, on which the film is based, immediately took to social media, complaining vociferously about the choice. In December, in an interview in Gotcha magazine, Cartwright herself weighed in, describing Scholfield as "brainless brawn" and "eye candy with the acting chops of a chipmunk. You can bet there will be a lot of bare chest and teeny, tiny shorts in Capsicum's outer space." [2]

Following the release of the movie, Cartwright reiterated her frustration with the script, saying the movie was " a subversion of the original intent of my novel, which was to avoid the usual stereotypes of strong women in charge and men unable to focus on more than one thing, which is winning their woman." She did grudgingly praise Scholfield's performance. [3]


  1. Wiwax Tribune, June 24, 2016, p. 1, Culture News "Speaking of Stars" review by Alba Cantwell.
  2. Gotcha, Dec. 2014, p. 77, "Briony's Got Something to Say" interview by Ginny Tillson.
  3. Wiwax Review of Books, July 2016, p. 23, "Blue as Briony" article by Karen-Lee Singlette.