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| 19 min

The NFB's 27th Oscar®-nominated film.

Director Bill Mason's short film focuses on his friend and fellow filmmaker, Blake James. In his never-ending quest for freedom, Blake pilots his own plane. This film is Mason's view of his friend as a "hobo of the skies," but it is also an adventure that beckons the viewer to come along for the ride.

  • director
    Bill Mason
  • editing
    Bill Mason
  • producer
    Douglas Jackson
  • photography
    Bill Mason
    Blake James
  • sound
    Ted Haley
  • sound editing
    Bernard Bordeleau
  • re-recording
    Roger Lamoureux
  • music
    Blake James
    Laurent Coderre


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Ages 15 to 17

Ethics and Religious Culture - Ethical Values

This film provides a springboard for a discussion of personal ethics and values. What are the benefits of Blake’s lifestyle? Identify some possible downsides. What might have caused him to want to live this way? Is Blake an irresponsible adult? Is he an idealist? Is this a way you would want to live? Do you admire his sense of freedom?

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