Real Bread Bakers


Real Bread Bakers. Final Trailer
The full 28 minutes now streaming here – https://gumroad.com/l/psrqH with part of the proceeds going to The Real Bread Campaign.

After mulling over the possibility of doing a documentary on bread for a few years, I was somehow put in touch with Andrew Whitley, founder of Scotland the Bread, the Real Bread Campaign and author of Bread Matters among many other things, and went to the Bowhouse in Fife to meet him. I then started the documentary interviewing and filming other participants and it seemed that virtually everyone had been trained by Andrew or had some other connection with him.

It also became apparent how much artisan bread makers, sourdough in particular, formed a community. People may have been friends and acquaintances in other food sectors, but they did not share the same companionship, baking together, sharing techniques and secrets and helping others out. As Andrew says, the word company comes from the Latin com (with, together) and panis (bread).


Real Bread Bakers. Trailer 3, with Andrew Whitley, Scotland the Bread and John Castley, Wild Hearth Bakers

I started off at Bridging the Gap – High Rise Bakers, a community baking project in the Gorbals, interviewing Catriona Milligan and Marie McCormack, both being trained by Andrew Whitley. I then went on to Rachel Smillie at The Glad Cafe, organisers of The Crossmyloof Bread Festival with historical connections to the place High Rise Bakers are situated in the Gorbals area of Glasgow.


Real Bread Bakers. Trailer 2, Neal Thomson and the Crossmyloof Bakery

I then interviewed Andrew Whitley and Scotland the Bread’s miller Connie Hunter, and John Castley at Wild Hearth Bakery that gets some of their flour from Scotland the Bread, about how sourdough is directly connected to nutrition, local food, a sense of community and sustainability, from rural Fife to urban Glasgow.

I’m always interested in the stories and people that create a complex woven fabric that enables food to get to our plate, and every documentary is a learning experience, but even so, I wasn’t expecting that so much lies behind a loaf of bread.

The full 28 minutes can be seen here – https://gumroad.com/l/psrqH


Real Bread Bakers. Trailer 1, High Rise Bakers

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The Glasgow Diet online

“The Glasgow Diet” is Zev Robinson’s engaging, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant 37 minute documentary about the evolution of food from the city’s industrial past through the post industrial decline and present day resurgence. Interviewees share memories of homemade soups their mothers and grandmothers once made and how that disappeared with the advent of supermarket culture, while examining efforts to once again promote local, fresh food from independent producers. 

With the Coronavirus crisis, those efforts are suddenly under threat. Local restaurants at the core of the food scene have had to close, and the farmers, producers and wholesalers that supplied them have seen sales plummet. Organisations and food banks that provide food and warm meals, not to mention social engagement and a sense of community for local residents are now operating under even harder conditions with partial or complete shut downs and little by way of food donations. 

After two recently sold out screenings, the film can now be seen online at https://gumroad.com/l/UqLcp for £2.30 + VAT.

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Spring Screenings


The Glasgow Diet

An action packed spring screening season. First, Slow Food Edinburgh is hosting a screening-dinner of The Glasgow  at Ostara on March 13, with Steve Brown and Donald Reid from QMU Masters of Gastronomy as panelists. Tickets and info – http://bit.ly/2Vlo7gU

On March 19, Locavore will show The Scottish Breed, about quality meat production and rather than have a binary meat vs vegan debate, panelists will be looking at the complex decisions we make as consumers and the consequences they have. With Babs Macgregor from Greencity Wholefoods, Bryce Cunningham of Mossgiel ethical dairy farm, and Denise Walton of Peelham Farm. Tickets and info – https://ctzn.tk/complexchoices

The Scottish Breed

On March 29, The Glasgow Diet, along with my first Scottish doc The Black Isle, makes its way to the great setting of Comrie Croft, with dinner, craft beer samples, Scott Erwin of Greencity Wholefoods on the panel and with a special offer for those who want to stay over. Tickets and info – https://ctzn.tk/comriecroftfood 

On April 3, The Stove Network in Dumfries will be hosting a screening event with Abi Mordin of the Glasgow Community Food Network joining Scott Erwin of Greencity Wholefoods on the panel, tickets soon.

Real Bread Bakers will have its premiere at the Glad Cafe, Glasgow, during its Bread Festival on April 24. 

On June 16, there will be a screening of new video work done in collaboration with the Glasgow Food Policy Partnership, again at the Glad Cafe. 

Real Bread Bakers. Trailer 2, Neal Thomson and the Crossmyloof Baekery

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The Glasgow Diet

Premiering 6pm, November 24, 2019 at the CCA, Glasgow.
Tickets and info: http://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/cooking-pot-the-glasgow-diet

Like most of my other docs, The Glasgow Diet examines local food, supply chains, and quality, but it is the first to so with the context of an urban environment, and so also touches on the the issues such as food poverty that form part of the city’s complex history.

I came across so many stories that one film was not enough to cover it all, so I plan to do one two or more follow ups in 2020 starting with Growing Glasgow, about efforts for the city to become more self-reliant and healthier through urban food gardens and allotments. 

The CCA screening on November 24 will be followed by a discussion with some of the interviewees including Scott Erwin of Greencity Wholefoods, Reuben Chesters of Locavore and Annie Morgan of the Govan Community Project. There will also be representatives of Slow Food Glasgow, the Glasgow Community Food Network, and other organisations joining the conversation. 

Should anyone wish to spread the word, the jpg below can be used, or a .pdf of the flyer can be downloaded here and emailed or printed up. 

Glasgow Diet at CCA 2019 cropped 2000w

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Screenings and Events

The number of screenings continues to grow, now with six in five cities during a three week period, and more scheduled or being planned for November and into 2020. Outside of university and cinema screenings, they have mostly included meals for 15 to 75 diners in collaboration with chefs and restaurants, costing from small donations to $150, and and all have had engaging panel-audience discussions with chefs, producers, food writers and academics lasting up to an hour.

Here are pics from a few of the events over the years. 

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Screenings, October and November, 2019

The season is off to a great start with a number of screenings already scheduled in Scotland and London over the next couple of months, with more events being organised. On top of that, I’m hard at work on new documentaries and projects that will be showing in November. 

Things kick off on September 28 with Scalarama and Cinema Up presenting The Black Isle and One Dish at a Time (The Eusebi Deli Story) at Greencity Wholefoods in Glasgow. Free, plus food, and Abi Mordin of the Glasgow Community Food Network will join someone from Greencity and myself for a panel discussion on the ever fascinating, complex topic of food in Glasgow. Registration, directions here – http://bit.ly/2kNGWtv

Rocks, Crofts and Sheep

On Oct 4, Slow Food Edinburgh will host a screening of Rocks, Crofts and Sheep at the Edinburgh Larder. When we showed The Scottish Breed a few months ago, the panel-audience discussion lasted for about an hour, and this one promises to be equally engaging.
Tickets and more info: http://bit.ly/2kOMiVl

At 7pm, Oct 11, in Lecture theatre W1, Stirling University  will be screening The Scottish Breed,  followed a panel discussion on sustainable food production led by Rachel Norman who leads the University’s Global Food Security research programme. Not to be missed for anyone interested in local food production, circular economies and the environment.

IFSTAL will present The Scottish Breed at the Royal Veterinarian Society, London on Oct 17 with a top panel from various sectors. More info and registration here: http://bit.ly/2m4VwNh

As part of the Forth Valley Food Festival, on Oct 19 and 20, the Old Mill Restaurant in Killearn will host a screening of The Great British Chilli, about how the chilli and various international cuisines have influenced British food, with dinner created from local producers of venison, ale, chillies and more. Tickets:
Sat 19th Oct – https://fixr.co/event/520739794
Sun 20th October – https://fixr.co/event/682044369
Booking through this website incurs a £1.50 per person booking fee can book directly through the restaurant.

Two new works will premiere at the CCA (Centre for Contemporary Art) in Glasgow on Nov 24. In the afternoon, Biting the Hand that feeds, a video installation using clips from various documentaries, along with a tasting of local products sponsored by Greencity Wholefoods. In the evening, The Glasgow Diet traces the evolution of food ways in the city followed by a panel discussion with some of the interviewees, and the Saramago Cafe will offer a dinner option of a modern, vegan take on traditional Scottish fare. More info in October.

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Outer Hebrides

A selection of photos during my stay on the Isle of Lewis during the month of December, 2018, working on a documentary about crofting, landownership and food on Lewis, Harris and Scalpay. Spectacular landscapes with the feeling of being at the edge of the world.

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New Fulton Fish Market

I spent the early hours of Thursday, November 8, hanging out with Mark Drabich at the New Fulton Fish Market in the Bronx as he purchased fish for his Metropolitan Seafood https://www.metroseafood.com store in New Jersey.

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Events – April and May, 2018

Amphorae and Bowls

Amphorae and Bowls

A busy couple of months are coming up, with an exhibition of my amphora paintings  at Corks on Columbus, New York, opening on April 13. Paintings can be seen here – http://theartandpoliticsofeating.com/art/amphora-paintings

And after a fantastic premiere of my latest documentaries about sustainable food and fishing in Scotland at Edinburgh University, with the support of Nourish Scotland, Transition Edinburgh, Slow Food Youth Network Scotland, Open Seas, Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation, Keltic Seafare, Transition Black Isle and others, screenings will be happening in NY, NJ, Toronto, London, and Glasgow in April and May. Some final details are being worked out and more screenings might happen too, and this post will be updated accordingly.

Exhibition opening April 13, 5:30-8pm – Amphora Paintings at Corks on Columbus, 313 Columbus Avenue, NY, NY 10023. From April 13 – May 2, 2018. Mon-Thur 11:00am – 9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am – 9:30pm, Sun 12:00pm – 8:00pm


The Fish in the Sea

April 13, 1-3pm, New York University, screening of The Fish in the Sea. NYU staff and students get first priority, but there may be a few extra places.

April 21 – Highlands Dinner Club and Judy Ross host The Fish in the Seas screening-dinner using locally sourced, sustainable fish and seafood. Tickets and info – www.rsvp-popup.com/events/the-fish-in-the-sea-event-april

April 24 – The Black Isle and The Fish in the Sea screening-dinner at The Caledonian in Toronto. Admission $6.50, does not include food and drink. Tickets – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scottish-food-films-at-the-caledonian-tickets-44906817500

May 10, London – IFSTAL is hosting a screening of The Fish in the Sea, to be followed by a panel discussion.

May 20, 5:15pm. Inverness – Eden Court will be screening The Black Isle and The Fish in the Sea followed by a panel discussion on sustainable food production.

May 23, The Black Isle and The Fish in the Sea will be screened at the CCA, Glasgow. Free tickets available – http://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/slow-food-youth-network-scotland-gone-fishing

More events being planned, stay tuned.

The Black Isle – Trailer

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The Art and Politics of Eating at La Nacional, NYC

From Oct 31-Nov 13, La Nacional, 239 W 14th St, is hosting The Art and Politics of Eating with an exhibition of my artwork and two events, including the premiere of The Great British Chilli. The opening is on Oct 31, 6-8pm, entry free, please join us for a glass of wine.

Oct 30, 7-10pm, there will be a Spanish Grapes screening, wine and tapas evening La Nacional:
Oct 30, 7-10pm Spanish Grapes screening, wine and tapas. Trailer – https://vimeo.com/157257779
Tickets $85  – http://bit.ly/2zaB66G
Includes: six wines, four tapas, two DVD’s – “Spanish Grapes &
Spanish Gold” and “Arribes : Everything Else is Noise”, guided wine tasting by La Nacional’s Wine Director Elizabeth Fernandez and Consultant Clark Moore.

Spanish  Grapes looks at the history and culture of wine in Spain, covering topics such the evolution of wine making, the role ofcooperatives, and the challenges of marketing. It looks at Sherry and Cava, major regions such as Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorat, as told by many of the leading figures in the world of Spanish wine.

Nov 7, 7-10pm. Premiere of The Great British Chilli with chile-inspired
tapas and wine. Tickets $85 – http://bit.ly/2yHmtuE

The Great British Chilli https://vimeo.com/238287682 is my latest documentary about the variety of chile peppers, their flavors as a spice, and how the food of immigrants to the UK over the last decades influenced British cuisine and eating habits. The film will be accompanied by various fantastic, chile-inspired tapas created by Chef Sue Park http://www.suechefsuepark.com/, matched with wines provided by Indie Wineries http://www.indiewineries.com/.

Red Chairs, Blue Door

Red Chairs, Blue Door

Wines kindly provided by Indie Wineries and Vinos Ambiz. Special thanks to Benjamin Walmer and the Highlands Dinner Club http://highlandsdinnerclub.com

Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream on a Cone

Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream on a Cone

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