Our entertainment editor Amanda Sheppard selects the month’s best inflight entertainment – and shares related video clips that might pique your interest.
1) Gloria Bell: Sebastián Lelio on remaking his own film
Gloria Bell is a 50-something’s take on a coming-of-age story. It follows titular character Gloria (played by Oscar winner Julianne Moore) on a quest to find herself through dance. Here, director Sebastián Lelio talks about how he reprised the character from his 2013 Chilean-Spanish original:
2) Extreme Job: when winging it works too well
A team of undercover detectives stumble upon unwanted success when they set up a fried chicken restaurant as a front for their investigation. Watch the comedy of errors unfold in this trailer for the South Korean comedy:
3) Still Human: a tribute to Hong Kong’s unsung heroes
Still Human, which follows the friendship formed between a wheelchair bound man and his Filipina caregiver, won multiple awards at the 2019 Hong Kong Film Awards. In this news clip, the director and actors talk about striving for an authentic portrayal:
4) Swimming with Men: cast members sync and swim for a cause
Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves and Jim Carter star as middle-aged men who find a new lease of life when they join an amateur synchronised swimming team. Watch the stars of Swimming with Men put their skills to the test in a synchronised swimming performance for Sport Relief 2018.
5) Crazy Rich Asians: finding its voice
The blockbuster smash hit made waves not only for its all-Asian ensemble cast, but also for its soundtrack of popular songs covered by Asian musicians. Learn how Chinese-American university student Katherine Ho landed a gig singing Coldplay’s Yellow, and just why the Mandarin version is so poignant for the film and its director.
6) They Shall Not Grow Old: painting a picture of the First World War
For the centenary of the end of the First World War, The Lord of the Rings’ director Peter Jackson released this documentary featuring original footage from the Imperial War Museum’s archives, along with audio from interviews with British servicemen. Watch how he began the painstaking restoration process of bringing colour and sound to the war.
7) Stree: giving a whole new meaning to man-eater
This niche horror-comedy chronicles the lives of men in the town of Chanderi who live in fear of an evil man-eating spirit, Stree. Producer Dinesh Vijan shares why this film proved so popular among audiences, and what’s in store for the recently announced sequel.
8) Bao: finding treasure in a bamboo basket
Domee Shi’s Oscar-winning animated short was the first female-directed Pixar short. Learn how she brought Bao to life – and enlisted her mother’s dumpling-making expertise – in this behind-the-scenes interview.
9) Broad City: a fond farewell to the TV twosome
The final season of the brash comedy returns, with loveable 20-something rogues Abbi and Ilana facing a daunting distance. Learn why its co-creators decided it was time for the curtain call.
10) Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile: toeing the line between truthful and terrifying
The recent Ted Bundy biopic was a controversial undertaking. The cast talk about how the film sought to steer clear of becoming another run-of-the-mill slasher story, and why it felt important to retell the tale from the victim’s perspective.
What’s next for inflight entertainment?
Look out for Dumbo, Peterloo, Greta, Fyre Fraud, The New King of Comedy and more coming soon.