Enjoy a hearty helping of Delicious Film and Compelling Food at the fourth edition of Plett Food & Film on 10, 11 and 12 July at The White House Theatre.
Whether you’re talking cuisine, film, chefs or raw entertainment, this year’s festival has a buffet of options catering to any entertainment junkie. Of course, films are not films are not the only course at the Plett Food & Film this year. Chefs will retell the stories of highlighted feature films through exquisitely prepared meals. Featuring the finest local ingredients, each of the events offer a unique dining experience you won’t find anywhere else. .
10 JULY KATRINA, directed Jans Rautenbach and starring Jill Kirkland, Joe Stewardson and Cobus Rossouw. “One of the all-time best films made in South Africa: a searing indictment of the horrors of the apartheid laws and the tragic life story of a woman who falls in love with an alcoholic minister, only to have her past come back to haunt her.” Plett’s own Jill Kirkland is the star of Katrina and the guest of honour at the screening of this 1969 classic South African film. Traditional Cape Cuisine is paired with select Plett Wines. This event promises an unforgettable trip down memory lane with local vocalist Robyn Brouckaert (also daughter of the beautiful and talented star of the film, Jill Kirkland), singing folk songs from the movie and classic 60’s rock legend, Steve Ashley of the Staccatos, performing Cry to Me and other favourites. An evening powerfully evocative of a past now behind us.
11 JULY TANGERINES, directed by Zara Urushadze and starring Lembit Ulfsak (Good Hands), Elmo Nüganen (Names Engraved in Marble) and Giorgi Nakashidze. “The 2015 Dark Horse Oscar Nominee… could be a humanist model piece concerning the war in Abkhaz from 1992 to 1993.”
Tangerines is a humanist, anti-war fable set in 1992, during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists. In the wake of the Soviet Union’s dissolution, this compassionate tale focuses on two Estonian immigrant farmers who decide to remain in Georgia long enough to harvest their tangerine crop. When the war comes to their doorsteps, Ivo (played by legendary Estonian actor Lembit Ulfsak) takes in two wounded soldiers from opposite sides. The fighters vow to kill each other when they recover, but their extended period of recovery has a humanizing effect that might transcend ethnic divides.
12 JULY CASABLANCA, directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid; it also features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson. “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” It’s probably no stretch to say that Casablanca is arguably one of America’s best-loved movies. When anyone mentions Casablanca, there are two names that come to mind – Bogart and Bergman. It’s a perfect cast, with a gloriously intense level of romantic tension. Bogart plays a tough cynic who hides a broken heart beneath a fractured layer of sarcasm. Bergman, simply put, lights up the screen. What many wouldn’t give up everything to run away with her?
Jenny Morris – AKA The Giggling Gourmet* is one of SA’s most-loved food personalities. She is an author, magazine writer, radio and TV presenter, celebrity chef, teacher, caterer and culinary tour guide who has had an ongoing love affair with food since she was a child, when she started making mouth-watering treats for school fundraisers. It’s a love affair in the true sense of the word, one that employs all the senses. Jenny will be preparing a magnificent feast filled with the aromatic and unique flavours of Morocco. – THEGREMLIN