Movietime - Circling the Sun…
According to a report in The
Hollywood Reporter (THR), Paula Mclean’s best-selling 2015 novel
Circling the Sun, based on the life of record-breaking aviator Beryl Markham, is to be made into a film. This ‘historical fiction’ is set in colonial Kenya where Markham learned to fly in a Gipsy Moth in 1931. Five years later she became the first woman to fly solo eastwest across the Atlantic. Taking off from Abingdon, England on 4 September in Vega Gull VP-KCC
The Messenger she crash-landed after 21 hours’ flying in a bog on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Two days later, she arrived in New York to a rapturous greeting.
The sale of 1933 DH60G Moth G-ATBL in October 2017 and Vega Gull G-AEZJ in February 2018 to Comanche Warbirds indicates that advance preparations are being made by US film studio Imperative Entertainment to put the film into production. THR says the film is being produced by Lauren Sanchez along with Bradley Thomas and Dan Friedkin. The latter, who co-owns the studio with Thomas, is based at the Comanche Ranch at Eagle Pass, Texas and has a large collection of ‘Friedkin Family Warbirds’ in Britain and the USA, mostly registered to Comanche Fighters.
Fifty-three-year-old Dan Friedkin is a distinguished warbird pilot having displayed in his Mustang at major events in the UK, most notably with the USAF Heritage Flight at Duxford and Fairford, and provided three of his Biggin Hill-based Spitfires for the 2017 movie Dunkirk.
ABOVE: a crash-landing concluded Beryl Markham’s historic eastwest 1936 Atlantic crossing in Vega Gull VP-KCC The Messenger BELOW: with a film of Beryl Markham’s life story in prospect, Vega Gull G-AEZJ has now been sold to Comanche Warbirds