Like a Virgin – Doing It For the Very First Time

June 13, 2012 :: Posted by - simplyjen :: Category - Celebs, Travel

Or in this case, like lots of Virgins as Virgin America, Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic collaborated to make the first movie ever filmed entirely at 35,000 feet! Oh, and it was shot over three continents in nine days!

Introducing the film at a special private screening opening the LA Film Festival via a video feed from Madagascar (it’s not just the name of a blockbuster cartoon but also a place off the coast of Africa), Virgin Group founder Richard Branson said of the three airline effort, “Threesomes are never easy, someone always feels like they got left out, but I’m happy to say they did it and did it beautifully.”

And, they kept the effort in the family with Virgin Produced handling the production – that included a crew of a couple dozen making movie magic in an airplane – even the hair/make-up team had to abide by laws forbidding normal size hair products and cosmetics on the plane!

The result is a beautiful slice of life love story that had the person sitting between Brittny Gastineau and I (ehem, Rem) saying at the end, “I think I got a little teary.”

Ben & Nicky at the after party

Ben & Nicky at the after party/Photo by Bob Riha

In under 30 minutes, writer and director Kat Coiro (L!fe Happens, While We Were Here and A Case of You), had you sympathizing with Ben Feldman (Mad Men, Drop Dead Diva – and the guy I think I often see at my gym) and rooting for his lovestruck character to get the girl, played by Australian actress Nicky Whelan (Hall Pass).

Check out the trailer and a glimpse behind-the-scenes below and look out for the film in-flight soon!