A photojournalist sets out to expose the sultry life of stewardesses and gets much more in this short film from writer/director Honey Lauren.
In 1965, British photojournalist Derrick is on his third trip to the United States and the hotel he is staying in had an abundance of stewardesses. Having heard various stories about the private lives of stewardesses, he decides to make a documentary film. He meets two subjects in the form of Fran and Marcy, who are at first apprehensive but decide to be a part of the film. Upon his arrival to their room, he discovers some shocking things and finds himself learning a lot more than he ever expected.
Honey Lauren is quite a riveting filmmaker whose influence for this film was inspired by her learning of vintage stewardess outfits on eBay and how it picked her curiosity into the era of 1960s and flight attendants. Doing her research not only on the era but even as far as learning about the materials behind the outfits and a book about the apparent private lives of these stewardesses, Lauren crafted a well-thought out romantic dramedy that has its cringeworthy in a funny manner and has a bit of a subliminal message when it comes to the titular “wives in the skies”.
The cast is excellent in their roles. Drew Brandon Jones channels this David Tennant-like vibe to the role of British photojournalist Derrick. Perhaps it’s his slight resemblance to the former Doctor Who actor, or even his narration as to his master plan to get the truth out of these women. Either way, it works quite well here. Rachel Alig and Maddison Bullock are fun to watch as besties Fran and Marcy. Alig, who gave a stunning performance as The Cleaning Lady, plays Fran who clearly gives off quite an impression when there is a big revelation upon Derrick’s arrival at the hotel room. As for Bullock, she gives off this cheery girl next door vibe as Marcy, the other stewardess in question who despite her mannerisms, may have a skeleton or two in the closet as well.
Wives of the Skies is a wild and fun look at both the 1960s and the mythology revolving around the flight attendants of the time, with a taste of the cringy in a humorous manner.
WFG RATING: A
Panik Pictures presents in association with Destroy All Media Productions and Maddness Pictures LLC. Director: Honey Lauren. Producers: Erik Bakken, Maddison Bullock, Honey Lauren, and Davey Robertson. Writer: Honey Lauren. Cinematography: Davey Robertson. Editing: Honey Lauren.
Cast: Drew Brandon Jones, Rachel Alig, Maddison Bullock, Sebastian Fernandez, Embry Rose, Stephen Scappa.
The film next screens at the Picture’s Up Film Festival, West Hollywood, April 3-5.