One of BOFA’s key themes is bringing films to the festival that celebrate great food, drink and life. You will be able to feast on some films that are Tasmanian premieres, and savour the joy of food and drink in its many forms, as well as the land that is so abundant with possibilities. Sponsored by Fermentasmania, you too will be able to ferment an appetite for fine film.
Here is a rare opportunity to get in close to the action and discover the ancient process of fermentation of food in its many forms. This Tasmanian premiere documentary delves into this culinary art by focusing on Chef Edward Lee as he travels to the USA and Japan to investigate this process. Learn the art of fermentation as it can be applied today to many foods, and you will be able to work out ways you can apply this to your own cooking. Welcome to the fine art of food preservation. Please join us for a complimentary post film tasting of fine Tasmanian fermented cheeses, beer and wine at The Plough Inn, compliments of Fermentasmania.
LAUNCESTON: Thursday, 16 May
5:00pm CINEMA 1
Set in the oldest existing refugee camp south of Beirut, the film follows the journey of a group of women determined to improve the food provided to the large number of residents, by establishing a food truck. The complex process is fraught with obstacles, but tenacity wins out. Enjoy this “full table of bounty” and celebrate the achievement of these women.
HOBART, Sunday, 12 May 11am Cinema 2
LAUNCESTON, Saturday, 18 May 10am Cinema 2
HAPPY AS LAZZARO
This award winning film is set in a remote Italian agricultural community estate, with a large group of people tending to the tobacco on the farm. What emerges are themes of exploitation observed by a young man whose journey involves helping others without any hesitation. The combination of the picturesque countryside and some magical moments, make this a life-affirming treat.
Sunday, 19 May 2pm Cinema 2
You will be able to celebrate food with gusto in this marvelous closing night film from Japan which received world-wide acclaim since its release. The story revolves around a widow trying to transform an inherited Ramen (noodle) restaurant into something successful. With lashings of food and sex, she whips up a storm of food with the aid of a truck-driver (played by international actor Ken Watanabe). There are hilarious moments which will make you want to cook up your own noodle-storm.
Sunday, 19 May 4:30pm Cinema 3
BOFA FRINGE: THE ANGEL’S SHARE at the GRUMPY PIPER
Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to find a way out of their hopeless lives with ‘Uisge Beatha’ the ‘Water of Life’. Enjoy a dram or two from the amazing selection at Launceston’s only dedicated whisky bar (which also has other drinks).
Sunday, 19 May 7:30pm, 17 Paterson St.
A DAY ON THE KINGSWAY
Tasmania offers a rich assortment of food and wine, and what better way to celebrate our culture by coming along to our Day on the Kingsway.
Featuring Street Stalls with locally grown ingredients, artisan spirits wine and beer from our Tamar region, art from the local community, live music, and fun for kids including Maypole Dancing. Something for everyone no matter your age. Bring your kids and dogs to celebrate the riches of Tasmania.
Sunday, 19 May 10:30-5:30
Experience the joys of food and drink, plus much more at this year’s BOFA 2019, a heady mix of film, people and the best enjoyment you can get out of life.
Full program and details available NOW.