The Maleny Film Cooperative’s 2012 season of fine short local films is focussing on food security, a global issue with local solutions.
As part of the Real Food Festival (Maleny Showgrounds, Saturday 8-Sunday 9 September), the Coop’s latest works will be premiered in a ‘Reel Food Festival’ in the Maleny RSL Hall on Saturday 8 September from 7pm.
Local film-makers Jess Begun, Christine Elcoate and Jill Morris will be presenting their hot-off-the-editing-bench productions: Surprise! Dinner in a Box; Teenage Master Chef; and Backyard Bushfood.
Jess’s film is based on her discovery of an innovative dinner lurking in a box of vegies delivered from a ‘slow food’ farm and her hunt through her grandmother’s archives for suitable recipes.
In Christine’s creation, Sunshine Coast teenager Aaron stars as a chef cooking a lunch for his teenage mates, and then surprising them with details of what they have eaten, including weeds!
Maleny-based author and publisher Jill Morris reveals the wide range of bushfoods to be found naturally in rainforest on the Obi Obi), e.g. Tamarind, Lillypilly and Native Raspberry, plus some native but not local species such as Tamarind campbellii.
Maleny Players actors provide voices for Jill’s bushfoods, underpinned by Leanne Farmiloe’s music and an original song: We’ll reap what we sow’.
In the story, Jill explores the Book Farm with her daughter Belinda and grandson Mitch, who then set about cooking a Bushfood Banquet in Jill’s rustic cabin, including a Black Apple Pie.
Other films about sustainable food production as a global issue to be shown that evening include The Greenhorns, a 50-minute documentary about young people returning to farms to produce their own food.
The Maleny Film Society, sponsors for the evening, will be offering tea and coffee with home-made slices including bushfoods. $10 entry; $8 concession