First Cow + Introduction + Taster Box (12A)
Tue 18 Oct 2022
£8* Standard | £5* Student / Under 25s | Taster Box: £5*
Dir. Kelly Reichardt
2019 | 122 mins | US
Award-winning director Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff, Wendy and Lucy) delivers First Cow, a gripping and glorious story of friendship and petty crime on the harsh frontier of the Pacific Northwest. In 1820s Oregon, two loners team up to seek their fortune through a scheme to steal milk from the wealthy landowner’s prized Jersey cow – the first, and only, in the territory – to create delicious fried cakes for sale at the market. This sumptuous tale of male friendship, pilfered dairy and the pursuit of the American dream is a true masterpiece from one of the great modern American filmmakers.
The film will be introduced by food anthropologists Professor Harry West and Professor Heather Paxson who will discuss food, trade and the history of dairy in the US.
First Cow themed taster boxes can be prebooked to enjoy alongside the screening. Boxes include clafoutis and ‘oily cake’ doughnuts plus a savoury bite, all prepared by the Sidwell Street Bakehouse (Vegan boxes are also available – clafoutis will be substituted for a vegan sweet bake).
AUTUMN: The perfect ingredient
In the autumn season we focus on two ingredients – fungi and milk – to see how each has shaped people’s lives and livelihoods. We start in 19th C Oregon with FIRST COW, where a chance meeting with a cow and her milk changes the fate and cooking of one entrepreneurial chef and his companion. We will enjoy a sensory screening experience with a box of baked goods to enjoy alongside the film.
On 25th October we will relocate to the Piedmont region of Italy with the charming documentary THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS, which follows a group of elderly foragers as they seek out and sell the finest truffles with the help of their trusty dogs.
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