About Us Welcome to Food for Real 2012 – the UK’s festival of food and film. For 5 days in 9 venues across Liverpool, we invite you to devour the free festival programme of over 25 films including features, documentaries, shorts and animations.
Join us for Food for Real screenings sprouting up across the city in known and less familiar spaces. Check out the cycle-through cinema at Camp and Furnace, get Poly-Tunnel Vision at the Dutch Farm in Speke or project your own mini food flicks at Bold Street Coffee.
Food for real and for the future, food as culture and politics, food for health and change, foods as history and art, food on film. Food for Real will explore, witness and savour the social, cultural and political impacts of the foods we grow, imagine and eat.
This grassroots festival with an international outlook invites food growers, makers and eaters to come together to view a diverse range of films in which food is the object of celebration and the subject of challenging debate.
Arts and health social enterprise Squash Nutrition curate Food for Real to share dynamic food practise from around the North-West and the globe. As well as viewing there’s also doing with corresponding activities from tree-planting and cooking to zoetrope animation.
The inaugural Food for Real festival is dedicated to Sally Morris who passed away earlier this year. Sally always inspired us with her passionate commitment to growing food, film-making and working for social change.
Poly-tunnel Vision 21 November 2012
Venue: Dutch Farm, Speke
Join us at Britain’s first poly-tunnel cinema and grab a seat at the greenest movie theatre ever! The Homeless Hostels Food Alliance will be hosting this first night of the film festival in their 125ft poly tunnel at Dutch Farm in Speke. The short films being screened celebrate groups and individuals who are taking growing for a sustainable future into their own hands – from seed saving for survival to urban growing at its funkiest…..
The Homeless Hostels Food Alliance formed in Liverpool in 2010 works with homeless members to grow their own fresh produce, with surplus stock being sold to local schools and profits going back into the project.
Seeds of Freedom Jess Phillimore with The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network / UK / 2012 / Cert U
Seeds of Freedom seeks to challenge the mantra that large-scale, industrial agriculture is the only means by which we can feed the world, promoted by the pro-GM lobby. In tracking the story of seed it becomes clear how corporate agenda has driven the takeover of seed in order to make vast profit and control of the global food system.
Through interviews with leading international experts such as Dr Vandana Shiva and Caroline Lucas, MP, and through the voices of a number of African farmers, the film highlights how the loss of indigenous seed goes hand in hand with loss of biodiversity and related knowledge; the loss of cultural traditions and practices; the loss of livelihoods; and the loss of food sovereignty.
Narrated by Jeremy Irons
View Trailer http://seedsoffreedom.info
Truck Farm Ian Cheney / USA / 2010 / Cert PG
Truck Farm tells the tale of a new generation of quirky urban farmers. Viewers are trucked across New York to see the city’s funkiest urban farms, and to find out if America’s largest city can learn to feed itself. Blending serious exposition with serious silliness, Truck Farm entreats viewers to ponder the future of urban farming, and to consider whether sustainability needs a dose of whimsy to be truly sustainable. Featuring chef Dan Barber, nutritionist Marion Nestle, explorer Henry Hudson and a very lonely seagull. With musical narration by The Fishermen Three.
The Plot + ‘The Making of…’ Sarah Horton & Ronnie Hughes, a sense of place / UK / 2004
Two companion piece films about how Britain’s allotments are adjusting to life in the 21st century, getting to understand allotment culture in Liverpool (and to gently challenge it), and introducing such revolutionary ideas as ‘women can dig’ and that ‘women, in such numbers as they are now on allotments, is a relatively new and good thing.’
FOOD: The Squash Nutrition team will be serving steaming cups of delicious soup and sharing tips on seed sprouting and seed saving.
off High Bank Drive,
off Horrocks Avenue,
Speke, L19 5PF. Map
Back to the Future 22 November 2012
10am—12pm Venue: Village Farm Hub, Stockbridge Village, Knowsley
Visit the Village Orchard Hub in the heart of Stockbridge Village where for the past few months residents has been re-visiting the countryside craft skills of fruit preserving, greenwood-working and basket-weaving.
Come and join us for a screening of short vintage and contemporary films which feature traditional land skills including food growing, cooking, bee-keeping and rural arts. These cottage industry crafts and small scale production practices serve as inspiration for a forward-thinking, sustainable local economy. (Drop in Session)
Village Farm Hub
Liverpool, L28 1NR. Map
Apple Tree Planting Workshop 22 November 2012
Venue: Village Farm Hub, Stockbridge Village, Knowsley
Your opportunity this festival to take direct action, dig deep and get your hands dirty. Join Steve Jones from permaculture collective Sector 39 for a pocket orchard planting workshop in Stockbridge Village.
Village Farm Hub
Liverpool, L28 1NR. Map
I am Love (Io Sono L’Amore) 22 November 2012
Luca Guadagnino / Italy / 2009 / Cert. 15
I Am Love is an elegant cinematic foray into the private life of the Italian aristocratic Recchi family. Russian-born wife Emma’s (Tilda Swinton) life in particular is turned upside down when she falls in love with her sons friend Antonio and begins a passionate affair that will change the family forever. Designed with incredible attention to culinary detail, the film uses the preparation of food and its cultural significance not only as a vehicle to define love, control and betrayal, but also as a means of self-expression, epiphany and passion.
For the making of ‘I am love’, the Italian chef Carlo Cracco, owner of the legendary Cracco Peck restaurant in Milan advised on much of the food and recipes, from traditional Russian Ukha soup to pea cream with courgette flowers.
Food for Real Women 22 November 2012
Venue: Blackburne House
Blackburne House hosts an evening that celebrates the complex and dynamic relationship between women, food and humour. Join us for this fantastic mixed bill of films and a tasty selection of lovingly crafted pies!
Waitress Adrienne Shelly / USA / 2007 / Cert. 12A
Stuck in a marriage to a man she loathes, inconveniently pregnant with his child, oppressed by long hours waiting tables for a grouchy boss, Jenna finds solace in baking pies. As lovingly filmed as they are made, these creations serve as both therapy and art. Jenna gives them whimsical names — “I don’t want Earl’s baby pie,” for instance — and combines unlikely ingredients to unfailingly delicious effect.
The Comedienne Sally Morris / UK / 1976
This intelligent and playful film that stars a stand-up comedienne in a London club in the 1970’s is testament to the late film-maker Sally Morris’s grace, wit and tenacity. We raise a glass to you Sal!
Kitchen Show Bobby Baker / UK / 1991
Bobby Baker is a woman, and an artist. Her bold and funny film turns ‘normal’ kitchen practice on its head, looking at pears and carrots in a whole new light!
Semiotics of the Kitchen Martha Rosler / USA / 1975
Martha Rosler is a contemporary American artist and feminist who uses photography, performance, writing and video to deconstruct cultural reality. In this film, in alphabetical order, Rosler ‘shows and tells’ the ingredients of the housewife’s day, giving a kitchen tour that names and mimics ordinary objects with movements that are more samurai than suburban.
FOOD: Savoury and sweet pies will be available to purchase in Blackburne House Cafe.
Liverpool, L8 7PE. Map
Really Local Food 23 November 2012
Community Food Short Films: 10am—12pm
Webcast debate: 12pm—1pm
Previously disused urban space is now sprouting runner beans, wild damsons are becoming jam, poly-tunnels heave with chilli peppers and honey-bees forage the elderflowers…..welcome to local food Liverpool 2012! Join us to explore how the food movement in the city is growing, through short documentary films that map growers tales from Dutch Farm in Speke over to Everton Park, via Toxteth, and beyond!
Community growing films include shorts from film-makers Donna Palmer, Tim Brunsden and Hayley Trowbridge.
Chris Walsh from the Kindling Trust based in our sister city Manchester will be showing short film ‘What is Sustainable Food’.
Supported by the PCT’s Natural Choices Wellbeing and Environment programme.
Following the screenings, share your thoughts on the pros and cons of effective community inclusion in urban agriculture – for health, well-being and growing great produce – in a debate that will be broadcast live across the web.
Hosted by Gemma Jerome from Liverpool–based environmental social enterprise ‘At Home on the Earth’.
FOOD: Bring a dish to add to the shared lunch table. Hot drinks, cake and popcorn provided.
The GardenScott Hamilton Kennedy / USA / 2008 / Cert. 15
The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Latino Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighbourhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community.
But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.
The Garden has the pulse of verité with the narrative pull of fiction, telling the story of the country’s largest urban farm, backroom deals, land developers, green politics, money, poverty, power and racial discord. The film explores and exposes the fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.
L8 Honey Night 23 November 2012
Venue: John Archer Hall
Spicy, honey, harvest night market from 4-7pm
Join us for music, lights, making an’ shaking plus a good dose of fun and laughter as we celebrate the changing of the seasons! On this crisp autumn evening come down to creative, culinary hub, John Archer Hall in Toxteth to taste local honey flavours, homemade preserves and hot and spicy teas, soups and stews.
Come along and join in!.
Bees and honey films from 7.30pm (suitable for 12yrs and above).
The Secret Life of Bees Gina Prince Blythwood / USA / 2008 / Cert. 12
Set in South Carolina in 1964, against the backdrop of the struggle of the civil rights movement, this is the tale of the intelligent and independent August Boatwright, her sister May and June and their mesmerizing world of beekeeping. The sisters take in a troubled teenager who is haunted by the memory of her late mother and help her find solace in nature and true family values.
Starring Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo.
Einstein and the Honeybee Lucy Cash / UK / 2011 / Cert. U
Einstein and the Honey Bee takes a sideways look at the honeybee and what it means to us, discovering that there are some things that science just can’t predict…. The film, echoing the labour of the honey bee, has been created using hand-drawn animations by Thomas Knowler and was shot on S16mm film and digital stills camera.
FOOD: Honey and lemon drinks, soup and honey cakes will be available.
John Archer Hall
68 Upper Hill St,
Liverpool, L8 1YR. Map
Big Night Breakfast Club 24 November 2012
So it’s the morning after the night before and Food for Real Festival’s early weekend offering will provide a heart-warming antidote to any Saturday morning blues. Sit back, cosy up and enjoy a cup of Italian coffee with a side order of biscotti and savour the delights of this wonderful, loving portrayal of Italian food and family.
Big Night Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci / UK/USA / 1996 / Cert.15
Primo and Secondo are two brothers who have emigrated from Italy to open an Italian restaurant in America. Primo is the irascible culinary genius, who is determined not to squander his talent on making the routine dishes that customers expect. Secondo is the smooth front-man, trying to keep the restaurant financially afloat, despite few patrons other than a poor artist who pays with his paintings. The owner of the nearby Club Pascal’s restaurant, enormously successful (despite its mediocre fare), offers a solution – he will call his friend, a big-time jazz musician, to play a special benefit gig at their restaurant. Primo begins to prepare his masterpiece, a feast of a lifetime, for the brothers’ big night…
FOOD: Join us for morning coffee, fruit and biscotti!
Cook and eat your own Everyman Bistro-style Seasonal Lunch 24 November 2012
Venue: John Archer Hall
Missing the ‘Ev’? Liverpools legendary eatery that said farewell in the summer of 2011 after a wonderful 41 years of delicious, wholesome food? Fancy meeting up with members of the former Everyman food team and making a few of your favourite bistro dishes for lunch? Then join us for a seasonal cook, eat and reminiscence session. With Claudia Myles and Paddy Byrne.
Also showing is ‘The Everyman Bistro’ – a short film by Ronnie Hughes from social enterprise ‘a sense of place’. Ronnie says – “Well, we know it will re-open in some form, in a couple of years when the theatre has been rebuilt. But it’s unlikely to be run by the same wonderful people. And so, try as we hope they will, the place will never be quite the sublime mixture so many of us have loved so deeply for so many years. So, filmed in its last week, and on its last night, here is our heartfelt tribute to the wonder that was The Everyman Bistro.’
John Archer Hall
68 Upper Hill St,
Liverpool, L8 1YR. Map
Late Night Couscous Cafe 24 November 2012
Venue: Toxteth TV
Toxteth TV studio is the venue for this cafe cinema experience! This will be a very special food and film night as cooks Faiza Alasaly and Adam Hussein serve up their own delicious couscous dish for you to enjoy as you watch the film.
Couscous (La Graine et le mulet) Abdel Kechiche / France / 2007 / Cert.15
Set among the North African community in the Mediterranean port of Sete in France, ‘Couscous’ is a critically acclaimed, warm and engrossing family drama. When sixty-something shipyard worker Slimane is laid off, he is determined to realise his long held dream of opening a couscous restaurant on a boat. With the odds stacked against him his only chance of success is to rally the support of his unruly extended family including his ex-wife, children, mistress and her daughter. But simmering feuds and rivalries have to be overcome before the arrival of the restaurants make-or-break opening night on which they must risk everything.
FOOD: Couscous dishes, drinks and cakes will be available to purchase.
37-45 Windsor Street,
Liverpool, L8 1XE. Map
Anim’ate’ your breakfast 25 November 2012
Zoetrope animation workshop: 12:30pm—2:30pm (drop-in)
Family fun at Fact with firm foodie fave Ratatouille followed by a session to help you animate your own apples and sweet potatoes!
Ratatouille Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava / USA 2007 / Cert. U
A culinary, family cartoon favourite, this Disney/Pixar animated extravaganza tells the story of Remy, the food-loving rat and his attempts to become a top chef in Paris! Remy’s adventures begin as he finds himself in the sewers of Paris, right beneath the restaurant of his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau.
Remy’s passion for cooking sets in motion a whole host of gastronomic adventures, as Remy turns the foodie world of Paris upside down.
Zoetrope Animation Drop-in Workshop
Join animation artist Alice Küchemann to bring your fruit and vegetable drawings to life using early Zoetrope technology! Come along to see break-dancin’ bananas and pirouetting pears!
No booking required for workshop – just drop-in
Book tickets for Ratatouille here:
Cycle thru Noodle Cinema 25 November 2012
from 3pm with Tampopo starting at 4.30pm
Venue: Camp and Furnace
Ok so we’ve mixed up noodles with cycling – why not? You’ll need something tasty to slurp on once you’ve cycled in the wind, rain or shine all day!
Put your best pedal forward and bring your lovely bicycle on down to the coolest cinema venue in the city (Yes you will be able to cycle inside too!). Culturally critical masses will be meeting at the Camp and Furnace for an afternoon where the unlikely union of bikes and noodles will be made beautiful.
A cornucopia of weird and wonderful activities will accompany this afternoon’s feature including vintage short food and cycling films, ‘Pimp my Bike’ cycle decor, bike check-ups with the Bike Doctors from Recycles, noodle-eating, breast-knitting and a feast of popcorn flavours to try.
Tampopo Juzo Itami / Japan 1985 / Cert 18
Tampopo is an off-beat comedy featuring several intersecting stories all related to food. Tsutomu Yamazaki plays Goro, a truck driver who helps a young widow named Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) improve her noodle restaurant. Over the course of the film, the story drifts around, not only following the stories of Tampopo, her son, and Goro, but also a number of customers who come through the diner, including an old woman who insists on squeezing the cheese at a market and a criminal with a food-based kink.
Please note that whilst the early part of this event is family friendly, the main feature at 4.30 carries an 18 certificate and so under 18’s will not be permitted.
FOOD: Hot, steaming bowls of noodle soup, drinks and cakes will be available to purchase (with free miso re-fills!)
Camp and Furnace legendary roasts also available – need to be pre-booked by 20th November – call 0151 708 2890
Catch you Later: Sustainable Fish Night 25 November 2012
Venue: The Brink
End of the Line / Rupert Murray / UK 2009 / Cert. PG
The End of the Line follows the investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs, who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans. One of his allies is the former tuna farmer turned whistleblower Roberto Mielgo – on the trail of those destroying the world’s magnificent bluefin tuna population. Filmed across the globe – from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to Tokyo’s fish market – featuring top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, The End of the Line is a wake-up call to the world.
Claire Lewis is an award-winning film and tv producer who co-produced ‘End of the Line’. She joins us to offer further insight in to the films impact and to discuss the next steps for fish sustainability.
Fish tips: We’re too reliant on the ‘Big Five’; cod, haddock, tuna, salmon and prawns. Choose species such as coley or gurnard instead of cod. Mackerel or pilchards instead of tuna.
FOOD: Tasty sustainable fish dishes will be on the menu at the Brink.
Cinema Espresso Popping up throughout the Festival
Venue: Bold Street Coffee
Mini projectors, tiny screenings, big food ideas – Food for Real comes in all shapes and sizes! As you wait for coffee at the brilliant Bold Street Coffee, watch yourself a mini food film! Project your choice in miniature from the morsel movie menu or share your own mini culinary film discoveries!
Bold Street Coffee
89 Bold St,
Liverpool, L1 4HF. Map
Eat my Shorts Throughout Food for Real, a tasty selection of short films will be popping up before features, on walls around the city and online. These include shorts from local film-makers, artists and archive footage. Fantastic vintage footage from the North West Film Archive includes, ‘The Cup that Cheers’ ‘CWS Toffee’, and ‘A Hint about a Gas Stove’; silent snapshots of life through food and drink from the 1920’s and 30’s.
Keep your eyes open for tea-time outdoor projections in Ropewalks square, by FACT.
Tasty Leftovers Missed a Food for Real film you really wanted to see? Got a group who’d prefer a special showing? Then our film catch-up service at on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th 5-9pm might work for you.
Call Clare on 0151 7077897 to arrange.
Popcornucopia Watch out for tasty popcorn flavours popping up at Food for Real venues. Check out ‘Jamaican me love you’ jerk and ‘Sweet Cinema-pop’ cinnamon snack delights!