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
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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