Tastes of Dorset and world cinema with Screen Bites

SCREEN Bites – the Second Slice is now into its first festival, starting with a sell-out event at Ashmore, the home village of new director Suzanne Harding, and continuing with a selection of delicious foodie films and food treats for audiences running to 20th October (when Marie Antionette eats cake).

On Thursday 18th, the new Screen Bites team continues the tradition of the original festival with a joint event with Purbeck Film Festival at Moreton village hall, where the film will be The Grand Budapest Hotel, a fabulous story with a staggering list of A-list stars led by Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton.

On Friday 19th, there is an evening at Tarrant Keyneston, the only village which hosted a Screen Bites in each of the 13 years – this time the film is A Touch of Spice, which was a big hit with previous Screen Bites audience. It’s a drama set in Greece and Turkey, exploring the tensions and tragedies of the period when the large Greek community was evicted from Istanbul.

The finale of the main festival is at Milborne Port village hall on Saturday 20th, when the film will be Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, an unfairly neglected and sumptuous portrait of the doomed young queen and the gilded cage in which she lived before revolution turned her world upside down.

As always the events begins with a mini farmers market, with food and drink producers from across Dorset.

Screen Bites the Second Slice has an event planned for Dorset Food and Drink’s Christmas Fair at Athelhampton House over the weekend of 24th and 25th November – details to be confirmed.

Pictured: New Chefs on the Block and Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette.