THE LOST AVIATOR

North American Premiere

DIRECTED BY Andrew Lancaster

Country: Australia
Language: English, French
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 90min
Production Year: 2014
Category: Knight Documentary Achievement Award

It’s a story even more epic than The English Patient, it’s all true, and the juiciest part of it happened right here in Miami. In the Golden Age of Aviation in the late 1920s and early 1930s, former Royal Air Force pilot and adventurer Captain Bill Lancaster aimed to create history by being the first to fly a single-engine aircraft from England to Australia. Lacking funds for the daredevil feat, he took up with Australian socialite Jessie “Chubbie” Miller, who pledged to finance the expedition as long as he took her with him. Leaving behind his wife and two young children, Lancaster flew off with Miller (who was also married at the time)—and it was soon clear he had no intention of going back. After the successful record-setting journey, Lancaster and Miller moved to Hollywood, but the scandal of their affair soon set them on hard times, and they found themselves living in Coral Gables. For income, Lancaster took to flying cargo planes to Mexico—and in his absence, Miller took up with Haden Clarke, a young American man who moved into their home to assist Miller with writing her biography. When Clarke was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head, Lancaster was put on trial for murder in Miami’s Dade County Courthouse, for a trial so bizarre and twisted it would be headline news on today’s TMZ. – Jaie Laplante

KDAA ballot box
Eligible for the Knight Documentary Achievement Award

 

This film is preceded by THE LAST FLIGHT OF HUBERT LE BLON.

THE LAST FLIGHT OF HUBERT LE BLON
Koldo Almandoz
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On March 9th at 4:00pm Andrew Lancaster will be participating on a Master Class. More information here: SCORE SOME POINTS ON THE ART OF FILM MUSIC COMPOSING WITH ANDREW LANCASTER HOSTED BY MIAMI COMPOSER CARLOS RAFAEL RIVERA

SHOWTIMES

Saturday March 7th @ 7:00pm CORAL GABLES ART CINEMA

Sunday March 8th @ 6:45pm MDC’S TOWER THEATER PRESENTED BY VIENDOMOVIES (THEATER 2)

Sunday March 15th @ 1:00pm CINEPOLIS

credits

Director: Andrew Lancaster
Producer: Andrew Lancaster, Noni Couell
Screenwriter: Andrew Lancaster

Cinematographer: Max Davis, Nino Tamburri
Editor: Andrew Soo, Que Minh Luu

Cast: Andrew Lancaster, Yael Stone, Ewen Leslie, Kipan Rothbury

Andrew Lancaster

Andrew Lancaster is an Australian filmmaker and composer. He has directed numerous short films, including "In Search of Mike" (2001), which debuted at Sundance Film Festival; and made his directorial feature film debut in 2009 with Accidents Happen, starring Geena Davis. Lancaster won an Australian Film Institute award in 2012 for scoring The Hunter, starring Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill. Captain Bill Lancaster, the subject of The Lost Aviator, is Lancaster's great uncle.