Harvest: Food on Film

28 Jun 2014 – 21 Sep 2014 | GOMA | Cinema A

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition 'Harvest' (28 June – 21 September 2014) at GOMA.

'Harvest: Food on Film' showcases a rich vein of contemporary filmmaking that explores food production, consumption and presentation as vivid storytelling motifs. Feature films and documentaries that take food as their subject variously touch on narratives of connection; identity and tradition; power and status; and our deepening awareness of the larger political and ethical framework that surround our agricultural systems and the impact of our food choices. The presence of food on the cinema screen often expresses forms of spoken and unspoken communication between characters. It can convey identity with a dish that evokes yearning of home; transgression through food deprivation or straying into forbidden consumption; or power and status in the display of excess. The recent rise of documentary stories has enabled a focus on the personalities behind food creation as well as the ethical and environmental considerations of farming systems and food politics.

QAGOMA thanks the National Film and Sound Archive Australia, Canberra; National Film Archive of India, Pune; and Chinese-Taipei Film Archive, Taipei for providing film prints for this program. Program curated by Rosie Hays, Australian Cinémathèque.


Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) 1972 | Director: Luis Buñuel
Ashani Sanket (Distant Thunder) 1973 | Director: Satyajit Ray
La Grande Bouffe 1973 | Director: Marco Ferreri
Tampopo (Dandelion) 1985 | Director: Jûzô Itami
Babettes Gæstebud (Babette's Feast) 1987 | Director: Gabriel Axel
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover 1989 | Director: Peter Greenaway
Delicatessen 1991 | Directors: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro
Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) 1992 | Director: Alfonso Arau
Mùi đu đủ Xanh (The Scent of the Green Papaya) 1993 | Director: Tran Anh Hung
Yin Shi Nan Nu (Eat Drink Man Woman) 1994 | Director: Ang Lee
Big Night 1996 | Directors: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci
Soul Food 1997 | Director: George Tillman Jr.
Festen (The Celebration) 1998 | Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Chocolat 2000 | Director: Lasse Hallström
Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse (The Gleaners and I) 2000 | Director: Agnés Varda
Bella Martha (Mostly Martha) 2001 | Director: Sandra Nettelbeck
Slow Food Revolution 2003 | Director: Carlo Buralli
Super Size Me 2004 | Director: Morgan Spurlock
Darwin's Nightmare 2004 | Director: Hubert Sauper
Sideways 2004 | Director: Alexander Payne
The Real Dirt on Farmer John 2005 | Director: Taggart Siegel
Waitress 2007 | Director: Adrienne Shelly
La Graine et le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain) 2007 | Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
King Corn 2007 | Director: Aaron Woolf
Pressure Cooker 2008 | Directors: Mark Becker, Jennifer Grausman
Hunger 2008 | Director: Steve Mcqueen
Food Inc. 2008 | Director: Robert Kenner
Food Matters 2008 | Directors: James Colquhoun, Carlo Ledesma
Soul Kitchen 2009 | Director: Fatih Akin
Kings of Pastry 2009 | Directors: Chris Hegedus, D A Pennebaker
The End of the Line 2009 | Director: Rupert Murray
Le Quattro Volte 2010 | Director: Michelangelo Frammartino
El Bulli: Cooking in Progress 2011 | Director: Gereon Wetzel
Bitter Seeds 2011 | Director: Micha X Peled
Jiro Dreams of Sushi 2011 | Director: David Gelb
Spinning Plates | Director: Joseph Levy
Entre les Bras (Step Up to the Plate) 2012 | Director: Paul Lacoste
Les Saveurs du Palais (Haute Cuisine) 2012 | Director: Christian Vincent
A Place at the Table 2012 | Directors: Kristi Jacobson, Lori Silverbush
Falafelism: The Politics of Food in the Middle East 2013 | Director: Ari A Cohen
The Lunchbox 2013 | Director: Ritesh Batra
Red Obsession 2013 | Directors: David Roach, Warwick Ross
Lygon Street – Si Parla Italiano 2013 | Directors: Angelo Pricolo, Shannon Swan
The Smokehouse 2013 | Director: Mark Welker, Aaron Cuthbert