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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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Short | Drama | Romance | War



Official Sites:

Kewhaven Pictures





Release Date:

20 July 2003 (UK) See more »


Box Office


£25,000 (estimated)
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Kewhaven Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Though it contains pyrotechnics, CGI effects, two sophisticated flying sequences, and an orchestral score, the entire film was made for a cash budget of £23,000. 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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Fabulous and touching
8 November 2009 | by Filmexpert10See all my reviews

Have just caught this gorgeous little film (a short, not a feature) at a screening, and was amazed at what had been achieved. Remarkable considering I'd never heard of Kewhaven or the people behind it. Jacquiedwards' review hits the target perfectly - it's kinda lots of great things all in one. The score is really romantic and sad, the direction is clear and tender, and the story is a real tear-jerker; the acting is lovely, the stunts are bold, the meaning is profound. I think more drab Britfilm directors could learn something! It looks amazing - American movie mainstream with British reserve. Andy Jackson and David Bartlett have done a bravo job. Very fine.

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