Magazine article Screen International


Magazine article Screen International


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Helena Bonham Carter and director SJ Clarkson will be in Berlin to promote Toast, an adaptation of UK food writer Nigel Slater's memoirs of his childhood, produced by Ruby Films.

Synopsis: Based on UK food writer Nigel Slater's best selling memoir about growing up in sixties Britain

Director: SJ Clarkson

Writer: Lee Hall

Producers: Faye Ward for Ruby Films. Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits executive producing.

Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Freddie Highmore, Oscar Kennedy, Ken Stott

Financing: BBC Films, Lip Sync, Screen West Midlands

International sales: K5

Distributors: UK & Canada (Momentum/Alliance), Australia (Transmission), France (UGC), Benelux (Lumière), Romania (New Films International), Middle East (Falcon Films), Taiwan (Applause Ent), Singapore (Golden Village Ent), Hong Kong (Golden Harvest/ Panasia), Airline (Jaguar Distribution).

Country of production: UK

Filming locations: in and around Birmingham, UK

Status: completed

Release date: Already screened on the BBC in the UK, will feature at the Berlin Film Festival as a special gala screening and in the Culinary Cinema section.

From lemon meringue pies to spaghetti bolognaise, food is at the heart of Toast, a feature adaptation of UK food writer Nigel Slater's memoirs of his childhood growing up in 60's Britain.

So it is appropriate that the film will feature in the Culinary Cinema section of the upcoming Berlin Film Festival, followed by a dinner for 200 people cooked by a Michelin starred chef with food inspired by the film.

"[Berlin festival director] Dieter Kosslick loves the film and is a real foodie himself, so he has not only given it a slot in the culinary section, but we also have a red carpet out of competition gala slot as well," explains Carl Clifton, who is handling international sales on the film for K5 and will be hoping to lure more buyers in at the EFM in Berlin.

The project began life when UK production company Ruby Films bought the rights to Slater's best selling memoirs of his childhood after it was published in 2003, bringing Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall onboard to write the screenplay.

The story follows a young Nigel (shared between British actors Oscar Kennedy and Freddie Highmore) dealing with his own sexuality, the arrival of a new stepmother (played by Helena Bonham Carter) and his overbearing father (Ken Stott) as well as charting his journey towards becoming one of the UK's best loved food writers.

Toast is the feature directorial debut of SJ Clarkson, whose television work includes Heroes and Ugly Betty, and who producer Faye Ward describes as "one of the best directors I have worked with. …

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