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Synopsis: An airline pilot with an alcohol problem is about to drink before a flight when something makes him question himself…





Run Time

3 minutes


Christopher Marais (Capt Stolly Stollenberger)
Fernanda Houghton (Capt Stolly's daughter (voice))

Directed by

Mike McDougall

Written by

Mike McDougall

Edited by

Mike McDougall


Mike McDougall

Director's Statement

As a professional pilot, I know well the discipline it takes to decline a beer when all else are imbibing at a sports game or social event and I know several who have taken chances with everything they value, thinking that an alcohol test or accident won’t happen to them. This film is a reminder that it’s never worth it!

Director's Bio

Director, Mike McDougall worked four years for a major telecoms company after graduating, before leaving to drive a Land Rover from London to Cape Town, raising fifty thousand dollars for charity on a journey that entirely changed his view on the developing world. Returning to the UK he worked for several years on various TV shows, including some aerial filming which introduced him to helicopters and resulted in him becoming a commercial helicopter pilot. He then spent years alternating writing and producing with flying for humanitarian programmes connected to the civil war in Sudan, tsunami in Sumatra, earthquake in Pakistan and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. His films to date are mostly funded from money earned flying in the Middle East and Nigeria.


Berlin Flash Film Festival - Germany - 2018

Honorable Mention

Official selection

Berlin Flash Film Festival - Germany - 2018

InShort Film Festival 2020 - Nigeria - 2018

Findecon IFF - Venezuela - 2019

Five Continents International Film Festival - Venezuela - 2018

Country of Origin

United Arab Emirates

Production Year


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