Out of Africa (1985)

Part of our FILM FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT: Friday 20th – Sunday 29th September 2019.

Out of Africa is the 1985 epic romantic drama directed Sydney Pollack, and starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The film is based loosely on the autobiographical book ‘Out of Africa’ written by Isak Dinesen (the pseudonym of Danish author Karen Blixen).

Despite mixed reviews from critics at the time, Out of Africa won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Pollack.

The film conjures images of the quintessential African setting: breathtaking savannah plains, bountiful wildlife and glimpses of Kenya’s rich tribal cultures. At the centre of all of this, who can forget the yellow biplane (a 1929-model Gipsy Moth) soaring high above dramatic landscapes, flown by Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford) as he showed Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) his deep love of Africa?

This heart-stopping performance captured film-goers the world over. Sir Henry Dalrymple-White, a noted Royal Air Force Wing Commander in WW2, piloted it during filming, and soaring high above the Maasai Mara, roused a large flock of pink flamingos – a spectacular scene captured by the Oscar-winning cinematographer, David Watkin.

To top off this epic film, John Barry’s Academy Award-winning score for Out of Africa is an instantly recognisable, lush, romantic masterpiece.

“Out of Africa is intelligently written, directed and acted” – Roger Ebert ★★★★★

“This is a beautifully filmed movie” – Radio Times ★★★★