The Lost Aviator: The True Story of Bill Lancaster Tuesday, 07 April 2020

The Lost Aviator: The True Story of Bill Lancaster

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Violence and nudity.

  • The pitch:

    Pacts a punch.

  • Starring:

    Andrew Lancaster, Nina Squires, Debbie Squires, Nicholas Eadie, Penny Lancaster, John Lancaster, Colin Evans, Peter Skinner, Chrystopher Spicer, Nick Forder, Dick Smith, Greg Herrick, John Armstrong, Grahame Ramsey, John Stainton, Leof Kingsford-Smith, Dr Paul George, Arron Wayne Cull, Chris Mancini, Judge Scott Silverman, Alain Brouchard, Wylton Dickson, Grahame Powell and (voices of): Ewen Leslie, Kipan Rothbury, Yael Stone, Ralph Barker

  • Directed by:

    Andrew Lancaster

  • Running time:

    94 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)


    Suicide (gunshot). Crashed/wrecked aircraft. Armed soldiers, electric chair, suicide notes seen. Gunshot heard. Atomic bomb detonation discussed. Stealing, fraud mentioned. Murder, suicide, aircraft crashes, people smuggling, deportation, nervous/violent temper, slap across the face mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse, mummified remains. Bloody head, fingers, hands, neck, grazes, bullet wound, objects. Blood spatter, dripping blood. Sunburned skin, scars. A corpse is exhumed. Skull. Broken nose, knocked teeth out mentioned.


    Sex scene from TV show (couple implied nude under the sheets). Kissing (photos and on TV show). Nude male (rear view). Low-cut gowns, cleavage, man in underwear. Syphilis, affairs, bigamist mentioned.


    Alcohol (wine, beer, cocktails, spirits). Cabinet full of liquor seen. Smoking. Prohibition, marijuana, alcoholism, drug smuggling, dope smoking, addiction mentioned.


    P*ss. Religious references and exclamations.


    Bill Lancaster, Chubbie Miller, aviation, pioneers, love triangles, journals, infidelity, guilt, gossip, betrayal, abandonment, fame, innocence, murder trials, blame, pacts, scandal.


    Court, cemetery settings. Estranged family. Divorce, the Great Depression mentioned. Planes. Dogs, sheep, horses, chickens, bird. Some French language (subtitles).


    Engrossing, intriguing, bright, entertaining, personal, moving, unexpected, intimate, thought-provoking, elegant, punctilious, self-aware, feather-ruffling, worthy, transporting, unforgettable, absorbing, clever. Enticing/great/globe-spanning/fascinating story, satisfying/busy/well-handled narrative, handsomely presented, wonderfully/extensively researched, fluid editing, lovely/expert score, leaves you with more questions than answers.


    Unavoidably inconclusive, would benefit from the inclusion of Miller's descendants.

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