Our entertainment editor Amanda Sheppard selects the month’s best inflight entertainment – and shares related video clips that might pique your interest.
1) Toy Story 4: From Paper to Pixar
The Toy Story franchise is as popular now as it was on its debut, more than 20 years ago. The fourth and final instalment shows just how far CGI and animation have come. This clip takes you through the animation process step-by-step, showing how Woody, Buzz and the gang are brought to life:
2) Diego Maradona: The Man Behind the Legend
Controversial footballer Diego Maradona is the final subject in filmmaker Asif Kapadia’s trilogy of powerhouse documentaries. The film was put together solely from archive film footage – including one of the Argentinian footballer’s most infamous antics: the divisive Hand of God goal at the 1986 World Cup. See the goal for yourself below:
3) Booksmart: When The Breakfast Club Met a Millennial Mindset
In Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, type-A teens Molly and Amy abandon their strait-laced reputations for one night of unadulterated misbehaviour. Watch the moments that lead to their reckless abandonment in the film’s opening sequence:
4) The World Between Us: Life in Pieces
The harrowing Taiwanese TV drama opens in the aftermath of a terrible shooting, though it soon becomes apparent that those who suffered on the day are by no means the only victims. As the series follows the unfolding repercussions for friends and families of the victims and those closely associated with the trial, it becomes apparent that their lives are more connected than first thought. Watch the trailer below:
5) Wild Rose: Jessie Buckley Strikes a Chord with Audiences
Actress and singer Jessie Buckley shines as Rose-Lynn, a rough-around-the-edges ex-con and mother of two with dreams of stardom and success. Her passion for country music makes her a fish out of water in her native Glasgow, but her talent prevails. Watch Buckley shine as she performs a song from the film on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, here:
6) Big Little Lies: Streep Screams Up a Storm
Big Little Lies was hailed for its award-winning cast when it first premiered back in 2017. Its second season brings in even more A-list credentials, with the addition of Meryl Streep, who stars as a vengeful mother. Watch her deliver a calculated, chilling performance in this clip:
7) Yesterday: Dude, Where’s My Song?
Richard Curtis’ alternate reality comedy shows us what the world would look like without The Beatles and celebrates the way their music has stood the test of time. That is, other than Hey Jude, which Ed Sheeran alters for the millennial masses in this clip:
8) Run for Dream: River Deep, Mountain High
Taiwanese ultra-marathon champion runner Tommy Chen has run through sand, snow and some of the world’s toughest terrain, testing the human body to its absolute limits. In Run for Dream, he gives director Huang Maw-sen inside access into the mind of an endurance athlete. Watch the trailer here:
9) The White Storm 2 – Drug Lords: Step into Hong Kong’s Seedy Underbelly
After the success of the 2013 action-thriller, its sequel (in-name only) takes viewers back into Hong Kong’s dark side, where a wealthy businessman (played by veteran actor Andy Lau) is looking to put an end to the city’s most prolific drug dealer (Louis Koo) and battles are waged both above and below board. Watch the trailer here:
10) The Walking Dead: Dining with the Dead
True to form, the popular zombie-apocalypse TV show has no qualms in killing off its cast. But rather than ending their run with a standard wrap party, when characters meet their maker, actors are sent off with a ‘death dinner’. Before you watch the new season onboard, watch actor Tom Payne explains the bizarre tradition here:
What’s next for inflight entertainment?
Look out for The Lion King, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Parasite, The Handmaid’s Tale, Shaft and more coming soon.