On a beautiful cloudless day a young couple celebrate their reunion with a picnic. Joe has planned a postcard-perfect afternoon in the English countryside with his partner, Claire. But as Joe and Claire prepare to open a bottle of champagne, their idyll comes to an abrupt end. A hot air balloon drifts into the field, obviously in trouble. The pilot catches his leg in the anchor rope, while the only passenger, a boy, is too scared to jump down. Joe and three other men rush to secure the basket. Just as they secure the balloon, the wind rushes into the field, and at once the rescuers are airborne. Joe manages to drop to the ground, as do most of his companions, but one man is lifted skywards. As Joe, Claire and the other rescuers watch this strangely beautiful sight, they see the man fall to his death. Recalling the day’s events at dinner with his friends Robin and Rachel, Joe reveals the impact the accident has had on his battered psyche… —IMDb
An award-winning play director whose venture into film and television proved equally successful, Roger Michell directed one of the highest grossing British films of all time, “Notting Hill.”
Michell was born in South Africa but spent significant parts of his childhood in Beirut, Damascus and Prague since his father’s job as a diplomat required the family to move often. While in England, he enrolled at Cambridge University and, by age 17, received considerable attention for his directing talents. The same year, he earned the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company Goodbody Award, named after the acclaimed British female director Buzz Goodbody, who committed suicide at the age of 29.
After graduating from Cambridge in 1977, Michell moved to London and began an apprenticeship at the Royal Court Theatre. During this time he was living hand-to-mouth in a rundown section of town, but he was gaining invaluable experience acting as assistant director to noted British playwrights… read more