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SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: ‘The Lost Aviator’ (2015)

Jun 18, 2015 Phil Parker 0 Quick Film Reviews , , , ,

Hero or murderer?

Did The Lost Aviator kill his lover?

That’s what the filmmaker sets out to discover about his great uncle, Captain Bill Lancaster, the infamous heroic failure of British aviation. His family is not too pleased about it; they’d rather dead dogs be left dead. All the more reason to dig up his memory and make a show out of it, so thought the director. I guess.

The director has done a great job of painting a portrait of the era and circumstances surrounding his uncle’s life. Imagine trying to fly from London to Australia, hop-scotching across the globe, only to balls it up within spitting distance of his goal.

To make matters worse, the socialite he took along for the ride, the one paying his expenses and the one he taught to fly, was destined to eclipse him as a famous flyer.

For some, that might have been enough to drive them to murder, but enter, stage right, a mysterious stranger and a twisted love triangle! The hot nights in Miami were going to get very hot indeed.

This documentary is heroic, epic, farcical, tragic and ultimately, very entertaining, even more so because the filmmaker’s family didn’t want him to make it and he bravely put them on camera saying so. Suddenly I have this image in my head of the Soup Nazi yelling at the filmmaker, “No Christmas presents for you!”

One note – I assume the famous WWII British plane, the Lancaster bomber, was named after this guy, but it was never stated in the film. Curious.


GRADE: 7.5/10

(Australia) Dir./ Writer: Andrew Lancaster


Phil Parker

Phil Parker is one of ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch. He's been hired for writing assignments by producers and directors in Australia, the UK, India, and the UAE. His WWII script THE THIRD BOMB is being packaged by a BAFTA-winning producer in London. And CATSAWAY, the animated feature he was hired to develop, is now in production. Phil is also a sought-after script consultant with clients around the world.

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