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The Flying Lesson (2013)

| Short, Action, Drama
A woman with a promise to keep takes a flying lesson in the WWII bi-plane her recently deceased grandfather flew in the war.


Phil Hawkins


Ian Bishop (co-writer), Phil Hawkins (co-writer)




Credited cast:
Jessica Blake Jessica Blake ... Phoebe
Richard J. Fletcher Richard J. Fletcher ... Douglas
Joel Quinn Joel Quinn ... Joel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ian Bishop Ian Bishop ... Phoebe's Grandfather
John Oldham John Oldham ... Man with Binoculars


After the recent death of her grandfather, Phoebe Sanderson (Jessica Blake) takes a flying lesson in the exact plane her grandfather flew in WWII, a recently restored Tiger Moth. With a sense of trepidation, she takes flight with a promise to keep. Only a chauvinistic flying instructor (Richard Fletcher) with a secret stands in her way... The Flying Lesson is an ambitious action/drama short film involving air-to-air stunt sequences from award-winning commercials and features director Phil Hawkins (THE BUTTERFLY TATTOO, BEING SOLD). Written by The Philm Company

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I have a promise to keep...


Short | Action | Drama



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Box Office


GBP20,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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No CGI or radio controlled models where used or involved in the creation of the stunt and aerial sequences. All the aerial scenes are real using authentic vintage aircraft. See more »

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A very entertaining short.
30 July 2013 | by johnnykentfilmsSee all my reviews

Thoroughly enjoyed watching this, and hope it has a showing on the big screen as a short. A few quibbles, which did not mar the overall quality; Towards the end of the film she calls her 'instructor' by name repeatedly, but I never heard his name mentioned to her.... The Tiger Moth, beautifully photographed on the ground and flying (well done, D.O.P.),has developed a mysterious quality... of it's ignition switches being on the starboard (right) side in the close ups, whereas in reality they are on left, as seen in the long shots... I'm more curious why this came about in production,rather than annoyed, as few would notice it anyway, but I did! Maybe this particular Tiger was modified with 4 switches rather than the usual two? Other than that, and an occasional difficulty hearing dialogue under music (but I was watching the film with headphones on),I was mightily impressed.

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