I love films almost as much as I love food, so I’ve been looking for an excuse to go to the Film Food Club at the Electric for as long as I’ve heard about it. When I realised that, as part of the Shock & Gore festival, they were teaming up with Conjurer’s Kitchen for a showing of Harold and Maude, I bought tickets immediately – afterall, the film has been on my ‘to watch’ pile for ages.
On arrival at The Electric we were handed edible ticket stubs, not all that dissimilar to the ones the Electric give out. Then after a quick stop at the concessions counter for drinks we headed up to screen two where we were given a lunchbox of goodies containing; a syrupy concoction in a test tube, a scented mask, a wafer pot filled with edible soil & sugar daisy, and a foil bag with popping candy in it. Curiouser and curiouser.
Once sat Annabel, of Conjurors Kitchen, explained that each piece related to a certain part of the film and she would wave a placard to let us know when to unwrap the item, all carefully explained on a menu in case we forgot.
And so it was on with the film. IMBD sums it up rather well “Self-destructive and needy but wealthy teenager Harold is obsessed with death and spends his leisure time attending funerals, watching the demolition of buildings, visiting junkyards, simulating suicides trying to get the attention of his indifferent, snobbish and egocentric mother, and having sessions with his psychologist. When Harold meets the anarchic seventy-nine-year-old Maude at a funeral, they become friends and the old lady discloses other perspectives of the cycle of life for him. ”
And without giving too much away, the courses throughout the film were fantastically playful. The red wine, Chambord, cranberry and chocolate reduction when Harold’s mother walks in on a particularly bloody set up, snow masks when Maude brings out a machine which recreates the scent of snow, an edible pot plant, plus cherry popping candy for when…well Harold pops his cherry. All wonderfully done and made what was an interesting film even more so. Oh and we got to go home with a gingerbread hearse cookie for afters!
Fantastic work by Annabel / Conjurer’s Kitchen and the teams at The Electric and Shock & Gore for a quirky and unusual event. More please!