Film Feast Suffolk is a fringe event of the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival and will showcase feature films, documentaries and short films from around the world, all on the subject of food and drink. Screenings will take place at The Riverside and our partner cafés – The Fire Station, Honey & Harvey and The Tea Hut. At the end of each day a meal will be recreated from one of the feature films at our partner restaurants – The Riverside, The Galley and The Table.
In addition to screenings there will be panel discussions on important food related topics, baking/cooking demonstrations and interviews with people from the world of film and food.
The festival is the idea of our director, Neil McGlone, and his time working in the food capital of the world, Bologna. Neil has spent the last 8 years working for the film festival, Il Cinema Ritrovato, and was inspired by the concept of marrying film with food to form our rather unique festival.
Film Feast Suffolk is all about bringing the community together through a love of food, film and drink while at the same time celebrating the incredible array of food and drink businesses in our region. Where possible all the meals recreated in the restaurants and cafes for each of the events will use locally sourced ingredients.
Neil was born and grew up in Woodbridge, and is currently Duty Manager at The Riverside. He is also a freelance researcher for The Criterion Collection in New York, festival advisor and consultant to Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic, Telluride Film Festival in the USA and Cinema Reborn in Sydney, Australia. Neil has also worked on two documentary films by the filmmaker, Mark Cousins and is a contributor to the film magazine, Sight and Sound.
Sarah has worked in independent film exhibition for over 15 years with roles for Picturehouse, Edinburgh International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Curzon Cinemas as Cinema Manager at the Renoir in Bloomsbury, and the Independent Cinema Office, where she coordinated training for cinema and film festival professionals across the UK and Europe. Since relocating to Suffolk in 2016, Sarah has been working at the university of Suffolk and continues to support indie film projects in her new home county, including Film Feast Suffolk and Ipswich Film Theatre.
Food Consultant & Restaurant Liaison
Tony Moorcroft is a renowned Performance Coach, Speaker and Hypnotherapist. He works internationally and uses his travel opportunities to seek out some of best places to eat. He is a passionate home cook, advocate of local and seasonal producers and cooking and eats out more than he eats at home. With chef James Jay from The Easton White Horse, he recently co-ordinated the highly successful Take 8 Chefs event in Woodbridge at The Table and hosted his own Italian pop-up restaurant at The Cooks Shed.
Jimmy is a UK farmer. His journey started over 10 years ago when he took on a leasehold of a 100 acre farm just outside Ipswich which was followed by a BBC2 series called ‘Jimmy’s Farm’. Jimmy hasn’t looked back since and ‘Jimmy’s Farm’ now has an award winning restaurant, a nature trail, a butterfly house and numerous science and food festivals throughout the year. His recent TV credits include ‘Food Unwrapped’, ‘Human Swarm’, ‘Easter Eggs Live’, ‘The Secret Millions’ and ‘Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club’ on Channel 4.
Mike Leigh OBE is a writer and director of film and theatre. He studied acting at RADA in the early 1960’s but his interest in writing and directing lead him down a different path for which he would become best known. His play BLEAK MOMENTS (1970), he adapted a year later to become his first feature film. He would then go on to direct a number of plays for television, NUTS IN MAY and ABIGAIL’S PARTY among them, before returning to the cinema with HIGH HOPES in 1988 and then LIFE IS SWEET in 1990. He won the best director prize at Cannes in 1993 for his film NAKED. SECRETS AND LIES would him the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1996 and gain five Oscar nominations, his other work includes VERA DRAKE, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY and MR TURNER. His new film PETERLOO will be released later this year.
Ruth has been a Suffolk restaurateur and hotelier for over 35 years, successfully running Hintlesham Hall, then the Fox and Goose Inn at Fressingfield and, latterly, the Crown and Castle in Orford. She was an original contributing food editor on Delia Smith’s Sainsbury’s Magazine and went on to become food editor of the Saturday Daily Mail. She has won two Glenfiddich Awards for food writing as well as producing three successful cookery books. Ruth was the original ‘Hotel Inspector’ on Channel 5 and went on to present ‘Country House Rescue’ and ‘Hotel Rescue’ on Channel 4, among many other programmes. She is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and has as keen an interest in food as she has in films, especially those concerned with eating.