The Theory of Flight

Release Date: 24th September 1999
Director: Paul Greengrass
Writer: Richard Hawkins
Producer: Ruth Caleb, Anant Singh & Helena Spring
Executive Producer: David M. Thompson

Runtime: 1hr 41mins
Language: English


A dreamer who aspires to human flight is assigned public service after one of his attempts off a public building. This leads him to meeting a young woman, who is dying of motor neuron disease. The strong-willed woman admits her wish to be de-flowered before her death. The man, struggling to maintain his relationship with his girl friend, declines but offers to help pay for a gigolo to do the deed. The following events play off the inherent comedy and drama of the circumstances.


Helena Bonham Carter…as Jane Hatchard
Kenneth Branagh…as Richard
Gemma Jones…as Anne
Holly Aird…as Julie
Ray Stevenson…as Gigolo

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1999: Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture


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