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The short films you need to watch on your next Aer Lingus flight

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

If you're anything like me, one of the first things you do when you're settling in for a long haul flight is to check out the movie options. If you're lucky, you'll find something that you missed out on during its cinema run, or a film you've been dying to watch for years. Get really lucky, and there'll be enough to keep you occupied for at least 6 hours, while you try to ignore the person next to you steadily encroaching on your arm rest.

Well, the next time you're flying out west with Aer Lingus, there are three short films to add to your watch list.

Last week, the winners of the inaugral Irish Filmmakers Competition were announced, as part of  the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation. The three winning filmmakers will have their shorts shown on board for the next 12 months, with an estimated 2.5 million sets of eyes clocking their work.

All three of the winning films were shown in the Light House Cinema, as well as highlights from other finalists. And the quality was exceptional, as you can see below...

Goodbye Darling

Live action drama, by Maria Elena Doyle, 
This moving short tells the tale of Nancy O'Reilly, who is playing the piano at home when she received the news that her husband Michael, fighting in the 1916 Rising, has been killed.

Goodbye Darling Short film Trailer from maria elena doyle on Vimeo.

The Lost Letter

Animation, by Brian Willis.
If you find that you cry more at movies when you're flying, then this one will destroy you. Narrated by Kate Winslet, The Lost Letter tells a Christmas tale through poetry, and it's somewhat inspired by a true story.

The Lost Letter Trailer from Kealan O'Rourke on Vimeo.

Leap of Faith 

Live action drama, by Jonathan Farrelly
A blend of Rear Window and X Men, Leap of Faith is a dazzling short about a lonely girl in Dublin, who slowly realises she has something in common with the neighbour she can't help watching.

You can read more about the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation here. The three shorts will be shown on board Aer Lingus transatlantic flights for the next 12 months.

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