What Film Or TV Show To Watch Based On How Long You’ll Be Flying
Catch up on the hits you missed while you had two feet on the ground.
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No matter how much aviation evolves, flying will always be a golden opportunity for ignoring all correspondence that isn’t with your travel partner or the in-flight customer service team.
Of course, it goes without saying that time in the air should really be used for catching up on the TV and film hits you may have missed while you had two feet on the ground.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of all the awesome stuff you can – and should – watch on Qantas flights in December, based on how long you’ll be flying.
Length: 2 hours, 16 minutes
Perfect for: Flying Melbourne to Tokyo
In this biographical comedy-drama, Colorado Springs’ first African American rookie cop, Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington – Denzel’s son), goes undercover as a Ku Klux Klan member. The catch, as you might expect, is that KKK members are generally horrible old white men.
The solution? Send another, very white cop by the name of Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) to do your bidding, obviously. Darkly poignant and sharply funny, Spike Lee’s romp through America’s troubled racial past will have you glued to the screen for more than two hours of your flight, and we can guarantee you’ll be thinking about it until your descent.
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Length: 2 hours, 1 minute
Perfect for: Flying Sydney to Singapore
Missed the rom-com that smashed box office records all around the world? Allow yourself to be caught up in the thrills and spills of Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her boyfriend to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore, where (much to Chu’s surprise) he’s considered to be a highly eligible and extremely wealthy bachelor. Surprises and awkward moments ensue as Chu navigates her newfound family she sort-of-chose-but-not-really, who also happen to be rich AF.
If you’re looking to spend two hours of your flight getting totally hyped about a holiday in Singapore, this is the film for you.
Christopher Robin (2018)
Length: 1 hour 43 minutes
Perfect for: Flying Brisbane to Hobart, flying with kids
Much has been written about how flying at altitude can affect your emotional state, so if you’re prone to weeping on planes in front of complete strangers, take solace in the fact you’re not alone. Adult plane-criers, Christopher Robin may be the wrong choice – even the sight of Pooh Bear waddling across a log in his ill-fitting t-shirt might be enough nostalgia to tip you over the edge.
But, even for big kids, the tale of Pooh trying to track down his friends (Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo) in the big city of London will suit nicely, so grin and bear it (pun intended).
Ladies in Black (2018)
Length: 1 hour, 49 minutes
Perfect for: Flying Adelaide to Perth
A mid-length domestic flight provides prime time for brushing up on an Australian story like the one told in Ladies in Black, a feature film adapted from the bestselling novel by Madeleine St John. Set in 1959, Ladies in Black follows Lisa, a shy school girl who nabs a job at a prestigious Sydney department store. There, she meets the eponymous ladies in black, who show her the ropes and reveal possibilities she had never considered – like being an integral part of the women’s rights movement.
It stars Aussie legends Rachael Taylor, Julia Ormond, Ryan Corr and Angourie Rice, so you know it’s gonna be good.
Length: 2 hours, 13 minutes
Perfect for: Flying Sydney to Denpasar
Watch Papillon to get you in the mood for an epic trans-continental voyage – or, alternatively, as a cautionary tale to warn against the dangers of petty crime in the Parisian underworld. Non-existent French accent aside (we’ll forgive him, ‘cause he’s kind of a babe), Charlie Hunnam plays Henri “Papillon” Charriere, a safecracker who’s framed for murder and sent to a notoriously harsh prison known as Devil’s Island in the 1930s. He escapes with the help of fellow inmate and renowned counterfeiter Louis Degas (played by Rami Malek), only to be recaptured and imprisoned multiple times over. The guy can’t catch a break, it seems.
Papillon is based on Charriere’s crazy life, immortalised in Charriere’s best-selling 1970 book of the same name, which the author himself claims is “75 percent true”.
Ballers (Four Seasons, 2015-2018)
Length: 30-minute episodes
Perfect for: Flying Perth to London non-stop
Who doesn’t want to spend 17 hours airborne and watching The Rock, AKA Dwayne Johnson, play a retired football hero trying to reinvent himself as a basketball team’s financial manager? Liking sport isn’t even a pre-requisite, we swear. Seasons one to four are all available on Qantas, so settle in for the long haul.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians (Season 15, 2018)
Length: 44-minute episodes
Perfect for: Flying Hobart to Melbourne
Whether you’re shamelessly addicted to the trials and tribulations of Kim, Khloe and their many alliterative family members, or you’re simply hate-watching a few episodes to pass the time before you land, flying is the optimal time to keep up with the (in)famous Kardashian family.
Season 15 sees the fighting, screaming, clothes swapping and ‘Gramming that we love, hate and love to hate about Keeping Up With the Kardashians: pregnant Khloé plays a prank on Kris, the family compete on Family Feud, and Kim and Kanye are…Kim and Kanye. Tune in and zone out.
(Lead image: HBO)
Never be caught without your favourite flicks on a flight again. Make sure to download the Qantas Entertainment app on the Google Play or the App Store before you fly and start browsing Qantas’ entertainment selection now using your smartphone or tablet.