WHAT IS FILM FEAST?
Film Feast is all about bringing local communities together through a love of film, food and drink. We will showcase feature films, documentaries and short films from around the world, all on the subject of food and drink with screenings taking place at local independent cinemas and at local independent cafés and restaurants. The food used to prepare the meals that are inspired by the films we screen are, wherever possible, locally sourced.
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 10 years working for the film festival, Il Cinema Ritrovato, and was inspired by the concept of marrying film with food to devise our rather unique format.
CEO & Founder
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.
Molly was born in London, but has lived in Woodbridge for most of her life. She has been involved with the arts from a very young age, her father trained at Guildhall and went on to teach at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and then onto the Royal Shakespeare Company. Molly’s mother was an opera director at the English National Opera. Molly trained as an actor at the prestigious Tring Park School for The Performing Arts and has always had a passion for film and theatre. Since leaving school she has been working full time doing social media for small local businesses.
FILM FEAST PATRONS
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.