Picture from Above and Beyond
Overall B

Based on the real life activities of the WWII Ferry Command, a group responsible for flying airplanes from Gander, Newfoundland (the most easterly land-based airport in North America at the time) to war-torn Europe, this Canadian-made miniseries follows the political posturing and the personal risks involved for the heroic men and women who went Above and Beyond the call of duty in the fight for peace.

Violence B
Sexual Content C+
Profanity C
Substance Use C

Talk to your kids about…

Above and Beyond

How does ego affect many of the decisions made in regards to the creation of the Ferry Command? In particular, look at Lord Beaverbrook, Captain Bennett, Bill Jacobson, the commander of American Army and the Royal Air Force. Did the personal agendas of these individuals or parties have a positive or negative impact? Could the Ferry Command have operated without them?

For more information about the Ferry Command and the significance of the airport located in Gander, Newfoundland, check this site: http://www.heritage.nf.ca/law/gander_base.html

Dr.. Frederick Banting is also depicted in this movie (played by Jason Priestley). You can learn more about this Canadian Nobel Prize winner and his work with diabetes and insulin here:

http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1923/banting-bio.html