Ghost Rockets

Kerstin Übelacker & Michael Cavanagh (2015)

Ghost Rockets centers on human desire to explore and explain the unknown. The film weaves together an ambitious UFO investigation with a personal story that gives a rare insight into the hearts and minds of a UFO-investigator.

Every year, the organization UFO‐Sweden receives numerous reports about inexplicable occurrences ‐ usually dismissed as having to do with the moon, airplanes, satellites or mental instability on the part of the witness. Sometimes, though, they get a report that they are unable to explain, one of them being the story of the ghost rocket. Under the leadership of journalist Clas Svahn, the organisation starts a costly expedition trying to find the strange craft. Its thrilling premise notwithstanding, Ghost rockets is not primarily a film about UFOs. It is a film about enthusiasts with a fervent interest, about an organisation struggling with their finances and shrinking membership numbers, about annual meetings over coffee and pastry, about existential issues debated in the summer night and about our need to believe that the world is bigger than we think.



Info & Credits

Directed by
Michael Cavanagh, Kerstin Übelacker
Kerstin Übelacker, We Have a Plan
Executive Producer
David Herdies, Momento Film
Edited by
Erik Bäfving
Michael Cavanagh, Kerstin Übelacker
Special photo
Janssen Herr
Sound recordist
Martin Hennel, Kerstin Übelacker, Michael Cavanagh
Edit consultant
Nils Pagh Andersen (DK)
Music composer
Gustav Wall
Sound Designer
Martin Hennel
Production accountant
Björn Ringdahl
Production assistants
Jon Högman, Moa Lindqvist, Sebastian Dahlqvist, Cecilia Roos,
Sarah Olsson, Marcus Ulvsand
With support from
SVT, DR, NRK, Swedish Film Institute, Film i Skåne and Boost HBG

Ghost Rockets | 2015 | 71 min | Swedish | English subtitles|

Festivals in selection

Gothenburg Filmfestival 2015
Tempo Documentary Film Festival 2015
CPH:DOX 2015