Through his latest documentary Everybody Flies, former Airline Captain Tristan Loraine uncovers the facts about the air we breathe on commercial aircraft. This eye-opening film will receive its world premiere in September at the prestigious Raindance Film Festival.
Everybody Flies (2019) discloses the never-before-seen documentation, scientific facts, and personal testimonies relating to the controversial issue of cabin air quality. With more than 18 years of research into the topic, Tristan Loraine addresses a question not many passengers ever consider: ‘Is the air we breathe on a plane safe?’
After a career as an Airline Captain for British Airways, Tristan Loraine re-trained as a Director / Producer at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and established his award-winning production banner Fact Not Fiction Films in November 2006. Tristan’s years of research into the film Everybody Flies’ surrounding issue earned him a British Citizen Award for services to industry, which he was awarded in 2015 at the House of Lords (UK Parliament). He is also the Spokesperson for the leading global organisation dealing with the issue of contaminated air: The Global Cabin Air Quality Executive (GCAQE).
We caught up with Tristan to find out more about the film.
Congratulations on “Everybody Flies”, your and Beth Moran’s latest film about the contaminated air in aircrafts. The film is about to be released during the Raindance Film Festival. Excited about that?
It’s a great start for a UK film to premiere at the biggest independent film festival in the UK
As a, now former, Airline Captain for British Airways, you were already familiar with this topic. How and when did Moran join you for the writing and directing of this movie?
18 years of research is hard to condense into 95 minutes and that’s where Beth brings the neutrality of helping choose what’s the most important parts for the public. We started filming 4.5 years ago and Beth has been part of the whole film journey.
The research for this film took eighteen years. Why was 2019 the perfect year to release this “Everybody Flies”?
We made the feature film ‘A Dark Reflection’ in 2015 and this was a perfect follow on.
During the film, we learn a lot of shocking facts about the toxic air in the airplane and the effects it has on all the people who have set foot in the plane. What was the most shocking thing you’re learned while shooting this film?
How little the public know about this issue and how much Government works to protect the aerospace industry, rather than protect the public health.
What was the hardest part of making this movie?
Never having the budget you would like to have.
What do you hope people will take away after watching “Everybody Flies”?
I hope passengers ask airlines to filter the air or redesign aircraft to provide clean air like the Boeing 787.
Also congratulations on the British Citizen Award for services to the industry you got in 2015. How was it for you to receive that?
Nice to know that the public value the work.
After being a pilot, you start working in the film industry as a director, writer, producer, etc and you also started your “Fact Not Fiction Films” When did you decide that you wanted to become part of the industry?
As soon as I was ill health retired I knew I had to retrain to make films to tell people about this problem.
It’s a big career switch from being a pilot to becoming a director/writer. What was the hardest challenge you had to overcome?
Nothing comes to mind.
Do you already have more films coming up?
We hope to finish ‘American 965’ before the end of the year – its another film that emerged from this project.