Classic start for Second Slice of Screen Bites

SCREEN Bites, the Second Slice,the successor to the original Screen Bites Food and Film Festival, enters its second autumn season with one of the finest food films of all – Babette’s Feast – at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, on Friday, 13th September.

This great film, dating from 1987 and starring the luminous Stephane Audran, is based on the story by Karen Blixen (the Danish writer best known for her memoir that was filmed as Out Of Africa).

The film will be shown at 7pm in the barn, after a farm walk, from 5 to 6pm.

Babette’s Feast is the ultimate celebration of the power of food to bring joy and a sense of coming together. Beautiful but pious sisters Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodil Kjer) grow to spinsterhood under the wrathful eye of their strict pastor father on the forbidding and desolate coast of Jutland. Their lives change when Philippa’s former suitor sends a Parisian refugee named Babette (Stéphane Audran) to serve as the family cook. Babette’s lavish celebratory banquet tempts the family’s dwindling congregation, who abjure such fleshly pleasures as fine foods and wines.

You should bring your own chairs, warm clothes and blankets – September is proving pretty chilly!

There is a very different event on offer on Friday 20th September, when Screen Bites shows the Freddie Mercury/Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody at the Hive Beach Cafe, with a fish and chips supper in the interval.

On Friday, 4th October, the festival moves to the Tasting Room, at the Langham Wine Estate, Crawthorne, near Milborne St Andrew, for Our Blood is Wine, a powerful and fascinating 2018 documentary directed b Emily Railsback.

The filmmaker worked with sommelier Jeremy Quinn to record rural family life in the Republic of Georgia, as they explore the rebirth of 8,000-year-old winemaking traditions almost lost during the period of Soviet rule. By using unobtrusive iPhone technology, Railsback brings the voices and ancestral legacies of modern Georgians directly to the viewer, revealing an intricate and resilient society that has survived regular foreign invasion and repeated attempts to erase Georgian culture. The revival of traditional winemaking is the central force driving this powerful, independent and autonomous nation to find its 21st century identity.

More details of the Screen Bites programme will be published her at the beginning of October. For more information or to book, visit screenbites.co.uk

Pictured: A scene from Babette’s Feast, and Our Blood is Wine.