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The Goodbye Plane (2003)

Leonard and Harry, two old friends, mourn the loss of Kristen - a pretty, young dancer, who clearly meant a lot to Leonard, an exceptionally gifted local church organist. Harry, the organ ... See full summary »


David Bartlett


David Bartlett


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Credited cast:
Georgina Ayers-Hunt Georgina Ayers-Hunt ... Kristen / Ellen
Edward Hardwicke ... Leonard
Bernard Holley ... George
Adam Rayner ... Leonard aged 20
Dudley Sutton ... Harry


Leonard and Harry, two old friends, mourn the loss of Kristen - a pretty, young dancer, who clearly meant a lot to Leonard, an exceptionally gifted local church organist. Harry, the organ tuner, cannot get through to the impassive Len, who refuses to express or acknowledge his grief. Music must be the answer: Harry convinces his friend to teach him to play the organ properly. But this fails to cure Len's leaden disposition, so Harry pushes his friend. Leonard cracks, revealing that his optimism in life died sixty years ago during the Battle of Britain: an RAF Spitfire pilot, he fell in love with Ellen, (who resembles Kristen perfectly in the multicoloured, romantic flashback of his mind, where all is perfection and music). But her courage outweighed his, and he could not cope with either the stress of the fighting or with living up to the relationship. So he left his love behind. He now sees the loss of beautiful dancer Kristen - a physical embodiment of music - as his penance, an ... Written by Anonymous

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love | reference to nero | See All (2) »


Short | Drama | Romance | War



Official Sites:

Kewhaven Pictures





Release Date:

20 July 2003 (UK) See more »


Box Office


GBP25,000 (estimated)
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Kewhaven Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Playing two old RAF veterans, stars Edward Hardwicke and Dudley Sutton had both really served in the RAF in the 1950s. See more »


Harry: [Leonard finishes playing organ] Oh, I didn't mean to stop you.
Leonard: I wanted to stop.
Harry: Not feeling up to it today?
Leonard: Ive never played better.
Harry: Bollocks.
Leonard: You here to fiddle, Nero?
Harry: As we agreed, sir, as we agreed.
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Beautifully Crafted Gem
9 November 2009 | by RoseKaneSee all my reviews

Stumbled upon this fabulous short and am delighted to see such graceful and classic work coming out of young British filmmakers. Even if it were not particularly topical for this time of year, this moving work is a studied reminder of the lives of those who fought 20 plus years ago.

Touching on a difficult topic (age, war, death), this could have easily descended into mushy sentimentality but instead it carefully balances nostalgia and remembrance with strong plot. Clearly strong writing and direction have been employed to manage 2 of the UK's most recognisable 'senior' actors to give such moving performances in this short format.

Will be interested to see what is next for Kewhaven.

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