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With TV series booming in popularity over the past few years and our Set Jetting series being relaunched, there is plenty of chatter and debate around travel and entertainment in the office at the moment.

With our Co-Founder and film fanatic Tom Marchant over from New York for a few days, we took it as an opportunity to open up the floor and express our thoughts on film and travel whilst we relaunch this season’s Set Jetting.

Though everyone has their own opinion, we (almost) reached a consensus on a collective office answer too.


What film or TV series inspired you to travel most since the last Set Jetting series, and you’re not allowed to use any of the destinations we’re using?

TM: The Lost City of Z, a true story about British explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett journeying into the Amazon with a small group of comrades to search for an ancient Mayan city hiding deep in the Amazonian rainforest… That age of exploration has always fascinated me and whenever I watch a film like this I’m generally on a plane in the next week in search of my own adventure.


BT Office: Have to agree with Tom, however in the spirit of being different; Gold. Another true story about exploration, this time Matthew McConaughey portrays prospector Kenny Wells during his adventure into the heart of the Indonesian jungle (we’re all about jungles at the moment apparently) in search of the find of the century. It makes you want to get up, get out and make your way into the unknown.


If you were a character in any of our Set Jetting series what character would you be and why?


BT Office: Tyrion Lannister. Not only is he almost the undisputed favourite character in the office, he has always come across as the most curious and adventurous, travelling north to the wall and across the narrow sea (even if it was in a box) to Essos and beyond. Tyrion definitely has that spirit of adventure that you feel when you walk into the Black Tomato office.


If you could watch a film for the first time ever again, what film would it be?


BT Office: Forest Gump has to be up there with the greatest films of all time. They don’t make them like that anymore and there aren’t many actors out there like Tom Hanks.


What’s the ultimate scene in any film for travel inspiration?

TM: It may be an obvious answer, but when you watch The Beach for the first time and you see Richard running down to the water with Porcelain by Moby playing you feel teleported into that moment. Those moments in film and in life are few and far between. It really is iconic for a reason.

BT Office: There’s a lot of shots we could have picked from Lord of the Rings, however, there is one in particular. Floating down a gorgeous river bend the fellowship comes to the statues either side of the river called the Pillars of the Kings. Whilst we’re aware that these are CGI, we’ve all stood in front of statues so grand that they humble you on the spot, add that the New Zealand wilderness and you have a spectacular combination.


Pick a Hollywood companion for a holiday?

TM: Richard Harris. Loved adventure, loved life and loved the local firewater. All great ingredients for a brilliant journey. Movie Director: Spike Lee for a specific trip. To see his New York. His film 25th hour remains one of my favourites ever and his encapsulation of the city is phenomenal.

BT Office: Sir Ian McKellen. The office got a little Lord of the Rings excited from the last question, but let’s be honest here. Who wouldn’t want a holiday adventure with Gandalf?


Are there any films coming out you’re particularly looking forward to?

TM: I’m a big fan of Christopher Nolan, his films over the past ten years have only got better. He has a new film out soon called Dunkirk. Which not only has an unbelievable cast but is telling the story of the evacuation of Dunkirk (The Miracle of Dunkirk) in World War 2.

The Allied troops should never have made it off the beaches and that could have been the moment the Allies lost. Not only is it an incredible story of human spirit and determination but being told by a storyteller as great as Christopher Nolan definitely makes it one to look forward to.

BT Office:

The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorcese. Featuring:

  • Al Pacino
  • Joe Pesci
  • Robert De Niro
  • Harvey Keitel

We’re all excited for Dunkirk, but a Scorcese project with the above cast cannot be ignored. A biopic of mob hitman Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran in 1975, New York. Netflix has also put $100 million budget on the table for Scorcese, an unheard of amount for the director. So with a bigger budget, we’re excited to see where he can take his new film.

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