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Iron Sky
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Timo Vuorensola
Produced by Tero Kaukomaa
Oliver Damian
Cathy Overett
Sam Horton
James Wenban
Mark Overett
Samuli Torssonen
Screenplay by Michael Kalesniko
Timo Vuorensola
Story by Johanna Sinisalo
Jarmo Puskala (concept)
Starring Julia Dietze
Christopher Kirby
Götz Otto
Peta Sergeant
Stephanie Paul
Udo Kier
Music by Laibach
Cinematography Mika Orasmaa
Edited by Suresh Ayyar
Energia Productions
New Holland Pictures
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Finland (Finland)
Polyband (Germany)
E One Entertainment
Release dates
  • 11 February 2012 (2012-02-11) (Berlinale)
  • 4 April 2012 (2012-04-04) (Finland)
  • 5 April 2012 (2012-04-05) (Germany)
  • 18 April 2012 (2012-04-18) (Sweden)
  • 19 April 2012 (2012-04-19) (Denmark)
Running time 92 minutes[1]
Country Finland
Language English
Budget 7.5 million[2]
(approx. US$10 million)
Box office $8,135,031[3]

Iron Sky is a 2012 Finnish-Australian-German[4] comic science fiction action film directed by Timo Vuorensola and written by Johanna Sinisalo and Michael Kalesniko.[5][6] It tells the story of a group of Nazi Germans who, having been defeated in 1945, fled to the Moon where they built a space fleet to return in 2018 and conquer Earth.

Iron Sky comes from the creators of Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning and was produced by Tero Kaukomaa of Blind Spot Pictures and Energia Productions, co-produced by New Holland Pictures and 27 Films, and co-financed by numerous individual supporters; Samuli Torssonen was responsible for the computer-generated imagery. It was theatrically released throughout Europe in April 2012.[6]

On 20 May 2012, Kaukomaa announced that there are plans for a prequel and a sequel but refused to disclose details.[7] The video game adaptation Iron Sky: Invasion was released in October 2012. A sequel titled Iron Sky: The Coming Race is in the works.

A director's cut of the film with 20 additional minutes was released on DVD on 11 March 2014.


The film opens in 2018 with an American manned landing mission to the Moon. The lander carries two astronauts, one of them an African American male model, James Washington, specifically chosen to aid the President of the United States in her re-election (various "Black to the Moon" word-play posters are seen in the film, extolling the new Moon landing).

Upon landing on the far side of the Moon they encounter Nazis hidden there since 1945 (self-styled the "Fourth Reich" in dialogue), by whom Washington is taken captive and the other astronaut killed. Nazi scientist Doktor Richter investigates Washington and obtains his touch screen telephone, which he later recognizes as having computing power that outstrips all that possessed by the Fourth Reich, enabling its use as a control unit of their space battleship Götterdämmerung. When he strives to demonstrate the completion of his Wunderwaffe to the current Führer, Wolfgang Kortzfleisch, the phone's battery is exhausted. Unable to re-energize it, Nazi commander Klaus Adler, chosen for genetic reasons to mate with Earth specialist Renate Richter (Doktor Richter's daughter), embarks in a flying saucer spacecraft to collect more such computers on Earth. He takes with him Washington, who has been "Aryanized" by Doktor Richter using an "albinism serum," a mutagen agent. Upon landing in New York, they discover that Renate has stowed away with them. They are introduced to the President of the United States by her assistant, Vivian Wagner, whereafter they direct her re-election campaign using Nazi-like propaganda. At the time, Renate is unaware of Adler's ambition to become the next Führer and rule the world. After three months, Kortzfleisch lands on Earth and confronts Adler, but is killed by Adler and Vivian. Adler declares himself the new Führer before returning to orbit in Kortzfleisch's flying saucer, deserting Vivian and taking her tablet computer. Concurrently, Renate is persuaded by the now-homeless Washington that Adler intends genocide.

The United Nations assembles to discuss the extraterrestrial Nazi threat, and the American president appoints Vivian as commander of the spacecraft USS George W. Bush, which carries nuclear and directed-energy weapons; only to discover that most of the other nations have similarly equipped their spacecraft, which they dispatch against the Nazi fleet, which consists of the Gotterdammerung, giant Zeppelin-like craft called Siegfrieds, and countless smaller craft. Adler, commanding the Götterdämmerung, destroys parts of the Moon to expose Earth. Renate and Washington travel in Adler's flying saucer to the Götterdämmerung, where Washington attempts to disable the engines while Renate seeks Adler. Meanwhile, the international space fleet damage the Nazis' base and approach the Götterdämmerung. During the battle, Washington disconnects Vivian's tablet that is now controlling the Götterdämmerung, while Renate kills Adler.

The U.S. president congratulates Vivian from the United Nations session; whereupon Vivian discloses the presence of large tanks of helium-3 on the Moon, of which the U.S. president immediately assumes sole claim on grounds that its possession ensures a millennium-long supply of energy. This enrages the other United Nations members, who involve themselves in a brawl while their remaining spaceships destroy each other.

Renate reunites with Washington, who has reverted his genetics back to normal. They kiss before a confused group of refugees whom Renate assures, "[they] have a lotta work cut out for [them]." The final moments of the film show the Earth, apparently during an international nuclear war. At the very end of the credits, the planet Mars is revealed with an artificial satellite of undetermined origin in orbit.



Production began in early 2006, and the production team took their teaser trailer of the film to the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, seeking co-financiers.[9] The team signed a co-production agreement with Oliver Damian's 27 Films Productions.[10][11] Iron Sky is one of a new wave of productions, including Artemis Eternal, The Cosmonaut, A Swarm of Angels, and RiP!: A Remix Manifesto, produced in collaboration with an on-line community of film enthusiasts, creating participatory cinema. At Wreck-a-Movie, a collaborative film-making web site, the producers invited everyone interested to contribute ideas and resources to the project.[12][13][14]

On 11 February 2009, it was announced that the film would star German actress Julia Dietze,[15] while the Slovenian industrial music group Laibach would be recording the soundtrack.[16] Appropriately enough for a film about Nazism, the orchestral soundtrack incorporates leitmotifs from the operatic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen and other operas by Richard Wagner, a composer whose music was favoured by the Nazi leaders. The national anthem of the Nazis from the Moon ("Kameraden, wir kehren Heim!") has the tune of "Die Wacht am Rhein". During the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Iron Sky signed a co-production agreement with the Australian production company New Holland Pictures, which brought Cathy Overett and Mark Overett as co-producers of the film.[17]

Iron Sky was video-recorded in Red camera format.[18] Cinematography began in November 2010 in Frankfurt for location shooting, and after that in January 2011 in Australia for studio shooting.[2] Settings in Frankfurt were Weseler Werft (Weseler Shipyard) and Taunusstraße (Taunus Street).[19] On 6 February 2011, the cinematography of Iron Sky concluded; it then entered a ten-week post-production process.[20]


The movie premiered on 11 February 2012 at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, in the Panorama Special section.[21] It was released in Finland on 4 April and in Germany on 5 April, running in major cinemas.[22]

In the UK, there was some controversy regarding the decision of the distributor, Revolver Entertainment, to release the film for only one day, causing the film makers to issue a public condemnation of their UK distributor, and accusing Revolver of misleading them.[23] Following high demand from the film's online fanbase, Revolver revised its decision and Iron Sky's UK cinema release was extended.[24]


Critical reception of Iron Sky was mixed to negative. The film has a 36% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 36 reviews.[25] William Goss of Film.com gave the film a D+, saying it "feels more and more like a lost Austin Powers sequel that already feels exceedingly dated in its humor".[26] Jeff Shannon of The Seattle Times gave the film two out of four stars, describing it as "Great idea, lousy execution."[27] Variety described Iron Sky as being "...neither good enough to rep a proper breakout hit nor bad enough that it might attain cult status; it’s just kind of lame." [28]

The film was awarded the 2012 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts AACTA Award for Best Visual Effects.[29]


On 5 October 2011, Blind Spot released a digital comic prequel to the film, titled Iron Sky: Bad Moon Rising, written by the writer of Alan Wake, Mikko Rautalahti, and fully illustrated by comic artist Gerry Kissell, creator of IDW Publishing's Code Word: Geronimo.[30] IDW Publishing printed these comics in a softcover graphic novel collection in March 2013.[31]

On 19 August 2012, TopWare Interactive announced Iron Sky: Invasion, an official video game adaptation and expansion of the film, to be developed by Reality Pump Studios. The game was described as an advanced space flight simulator game, with elements of the strategy and RPG genres.[32]

In 2012, Revision Games published a board game, Iron Sky: The Board Game, by designer Juha Salmijärvi based on the film. This is a middleweight strategy board game, where two opposing teams The Reich and The UWC struggle for strategic domination over three continents of planet earth. Each player is in charge of one continent and cooperation within each team is mandatory for success.[33]


In May 2013, Vuorensola announced that Iron Sky will have a sequel titled The Coming Race. He also mentioned that unlike the first film, this installment will be completely funded by fans via Indiegogo, with an estimated budget of US$15 million. A promo video will be shot for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and the final draft of the script is scheduled to be published by the end of 2014. Filming is expected to begin in 2015.[34] In July 2013, Vuorensola revealed Croatia as one of the proposed shooting locations.[35]

In February 2014, Dalan Musson signed in to write the screenplay. The Finnish Film Foundation and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg have come on board to finance the US$13 million project.[36]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "IRON SKY (15)". Revolver Entertainment. British Board of Film Classification. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Invest in Iron Sky : Iron Sky :: Official Movie Site". Iron Sky. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Iron Sky box office gross. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Finance : Iron Sky :: Official Movie Site". Iron Sky. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  5. ^ io9.com, by Charlie Jane Anders (7 May 2008), "Nazi Moonbase Launches Stealth Attack". Retrieved 1 May 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Iron Sky info site". Ironsky.net. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
  7. ^ Blind Spot plans prequel and sequel to Iron Sky 20 May 2012. Geoffrey Macnab. ScreenDaily
  8. ^ "Die finnische Filmparodie "Iron Sky" erzählt von durchgeknallten Nazis auf dem Mond". Der Spiegel. 2 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Nordisk Film & TV Fond, 5 September 2008, "Finland's Iron Sky Falls On Cannes". Retrieved 1 May 2009.
  10. ^ Blind Spot looks to Nazis in space Hollywood Reporter, 21 May 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2009.[dead link]
  11. ^ geekytyrant.com, "Iron Sky was picked up at Cannes". Retrieved 1 May 2009.
  12. ^ Lance Weiler (18 June 2008). "5 questions for Timo Vuorensola". The Workbook Project. Retrieved 1 May 2009. 
  13. ^ newteevee.com, by Chris Albrecht (12 May 2008), "Iron Sky Opens Up the Filmmaking Process". Retrieved 1 May 2009.
  14. ^ slashdot.org, "News for Nerds: Iron Sky Trailer". Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  15. ^ Meza, Ed (11 February 2009). "Julia Dietze to star in 'Iron Sky'". Variety. Retrieved 19 March 2009. 
  16. ^ Mark Kermode Interviews Timo Vuorensola at Cannes, 16 May 2010, "Mark Kermode Interviews Timo Vuorensola at Cannes". Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  17. ^ "New Holland joins Iron Sky team". Screen Daily. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  18. ^ "Blackstar Halo – Energia’s first Red camera vfx shots". Blog.starwreck.com. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
  19. ^ Patrick Abele, hr-online, Aus Hessen wird Hollywood - Weltraum-Nazis erobern Frankfurt 9 February 2012.
  20. ^ Iron Sky Shoot, The Final Day. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
  21. ^ Staff writer (9 February 2012). "Iron Sky premieres in the Panorama Special section of the Berlinale". ses.fi. Finnish Film Foundation. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  22. ^ Iron Sky in Cinemaxx Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  23. ^ "team does not approve the UK release strategy : Iron Sky :: Official Movie Site". Iron Sky. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  24. ^ "'Iron Sky' granted extended UK cinema run : Digital Spy". Digital Spy. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  25. ^ Iron Sky at Rotten Tomatoes
  26. ^ Goss, William (2012-03-21). "SXSW Review: Iron Sky". Film.com. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  27. ^ Shannon, Jeff (2012-08-23). "Iron Sky: Out-of-this-world Nazi plot lands in chaos". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  28. ^ Leslie Felperin (12 February 2012) Review: "Iron Sky", Variety, accessed 4 April 2013
  29. ^ Jensen, Jorn Rossing (2013-01-29). "Small Finnish VFX studio wins Australian Oscar for Iron Sky". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  30. ^ "Comic Is Out – Pay What You Like Or Read It For Free : Iron Sky :: Official Movie Site". Iron Sky. 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
  31. ^ "IRON SKY coming from IDW". 2012-12-05. 
  32. ^ "Video Game Based on 'Iron Sky' in the Works (The Hollywood Reporter)". The Hollywood Reporter. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  33. ^ "Iron Sky: The Board Game". Revision Games. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  34. ^ "Iron Sky The Coming Race". Indiegogo. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  35. ^ Vuorensola, Timo; Karinen, Kalle (photographer) (2013-07-02). Director's Update - From the Center of the Earth! (Web video) (in English). Croatia: Energia Productions. Event occurs at 01:50. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  36. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (2014-02-05). "Berlin: Dalan Musson to Write Sequel to ‘Iron Sky’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 

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