MILES FROM EARTH
Miles From Earth (1979)TV series. 50 mins.
Action, adventure, Sci fi.
Miles, a jazz musician from earth stumbles upon a magic note whilst jamming and is beamed up to an alien ship that is navigating the galaxy. He quickly becomes captain of the vessel and becomes involved in their missions until he can find a way home.
Originally intended to be a feature film.
This series was a joint German, French, Canadian and British production.
Original Director Brian Munich pitched it to Miles Davis as ‘like Bowie’s Man Who Fell to Earth but more experimental, and with more music... and you fall UP from Earth!’.
Miles loved the idea of making a feature length art film but it was not to be and the project was plagued by problems from the start.
During the first test screening of the finished film for its producers, one of them stood up at the end and screamed “it HAS got a beginning, a middle and an end... but they are all NONSENSE!!!!”
The film was cut and re-edited up to a dozen times.
Another director, Jacques Squib was brought in to reshoot new scenes but Davis had by then, walked away from the project.
Eventually the film became a TV series similar in vein to Star Trek, of which Squib was a fan.
Squib assembled the 12 episodes from the original film footage and newly filmed scenes with a new cast and a stand in for Davis.
Davis hated the results and prevented his music being used in the production. He also demanded the character’s name be changed. In the finished version of the series, the character is known only as Miles (which Davis was still not happy about).
Doug Pantry not only played the character of Engineer Mothkar, but also the parts of seven different alien enemies over five separate episodes.
The actors who played the crew of the Galaxious Bravesearcher 5 all petitioned for a second series but the producers said there was no way in hell!
“Who am I? I’m Miles... from Earth... and I need to get back” opening sequence
Not to be confused with:
MILES FROM EARTH (Comic by Lord Hurk)