Inflight entertainment

What to Watch Onboard Right Now

Flying in September 2019? With hundreds of films and TV episodes on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights, it’s hard to know what to watch first

Our entertainment editor Amanda Sheppard selects the month’s best inflight entertainment – and shares related video clips that might pique your interest.

1) The Matrix: Fourth-coming

Matrix mayhem has ascended as the fan-favourite franchise celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and we have the full trilogy onboard this month to help you relive the best moments. In a twist no one was expecting, it was recently announced that a fourth film has been confirmed. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming film:

2) Rocketman: Taron Egerton monkeying around on the keys

Egerton immersed himself in the life and music of Elton John for the biopic, Rocketman, but he was no stranger to John’s music to begin with. See him belt out a performance of I’m Still Standing for the popular 2016 animation Sing in this clip:

3) Fisherman’s Friends: A nautical number or two

What do you get when you put 10 Cornish fishermen with a passion for song together? A record deal, a gig at Britain’s biggest music festival and a movie commemorating your success, in the case of the new British comedy Fisherman’s Friends. Watch the real-life troupe join forces with their silver-screen counterparts for a rendition of Drunken Sailor:

4) Aruna & Her Palate: A taste of Indonesia

In feel-good Indonesian drama, epidemiologist Aruna travels to the site of a suspected bird-flu outbreak and finds herself on an impromptu tour of Indonesian culinary culture. Watch Aruna sample her way through the country’s best street food in the trailer:

5) Chernobyl: When fiction mirrors fact

In respect of those who lost their lives in the tragedy, the producers of Chernobyl sought to stay as close to reality as possible. This video compares clips from the series with documentary footage, highlighting the similarities:

6) Mary Queen of Scots: The making of a queen

Saoirse Ronan plays the titular character in historical drama Mary Queen of Scots, but it’s Margot Robbie’s portrayal of her cousin and ‘frenemy’ Queen Elizabeth I that had heads turning. See the transformation – complete with prosthetics, wigs and make up – for yourself in the trailer below:

7) Men in Black: International: Hammer time

The Avengers franchise may have drawn to a close, but its characters continue to live on in pop culture. Watch MIB star Chris Hemsworth pay tribute to the god of thunder in this snippet from Men in Black: International below:

8) Little Big Master: The little school with a big heart

Based on a true, heartwarming tale, Little Big Master follows Lilian Lui, the headmaster of an elite school, on her quest to keep the doors of a struggling five-pupil school in Yuen Long open. Watch the trailer here:

9) Aladdin: A whole new world, same old carpet…

Another classic Disney gets a live-action remake with Aladdin. The much-loved animation transformed into an all-singing, all-dancing, big budget affair but still managed to stay true to its roots. This clip shows how similarly the iconic magic carpet ride plays out in both films:

10) Iris: On staying in fashion

Iris Apfel – 98-year-old style icon and the subject of the documentary, Iris (showing onboard) – looks back on her career, her collections and living her life in fashion in this video:

What’s next for inflight entertainment?

Look out for Toy Story 4, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Booksmart, Yesterday, The White Storm 2: Drug Lords and more coming soon.

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