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Flux Gourmet Unclassified 15+

Director: Peter Strickland
Origin: Hungary, UK, USA (2022)
Language: English
Genre: Comedy , Drama , Horror

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Culinary indulgence is more aural than oral in Peter Strickland’s latest foray into fanciful fetish, which gives new meaning to ‘playing with your food’.

On a month-long residency at a prestigious art institute, an unnamed trio of ‘sonic caterers’ – artists who create music with food and related items – play with flavour, flangers and fornication under the watchful eye of their benefactor, the imperious Jan Stevens, whose meddling exacerbates the group’s backstage bickering. Outside the walls, a rival collective named the Mangrove Snacks conducts acts of gastronomic terrorism in protest at their rejection by Stevens, who doesn’t like what they do with terrapins. Documenting the proceedings is a flatulent flâneur, whose intestinal issues are not being helped by the institute’s in-house doctor.

With this sensual and sickening delight, Strickland returns to an audible/edible world he first portrayed in Berberian Sound Studio (MIFF 2012), though it’s one he has a far longer history with, having founded The Sonic Catering Band in 1996. Yes, they made music with food; yes, they reunited to create much of Flux Gourmet’s soundscape. Reuniting, also, with Gwendoline Christie (In Fabric, MIFF 2019; Game of Thrones) and long-time collaborator Fatma Mohamed (The Duke of Burgundy, MIFF 2015; Katalin Varga, MIFF 2009), the director has crafted an absurdly comic art-world satire with sprinklings of This Is Spinal Tap, the Greek ‘Weird Wave’ and Peter Greenaway, plus star Asa Butterfield (Sex Education) thrown into the mix – all meticulously cooked to filmic perfection.

“This is Strickland’s grand act of prestidigitation; he coaxes out something like poignancy from the peculiar, just as he conjures the visceral and unknowable from ordinary groceries … Chocolate mousse will never be the same.” – The Playlist

Tickets

Fri 12 Aug 11:30 pm [21441]
Flux Gourmet (111 mins)
The Astor Theatre
Wheelchair Access
Past event
Mon 15 Aug 6:15 pm [19591]
Flux Gourmet (111 mins)
Selling Fast
Hoyts 11
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
Sat 20 Aug 7:00 pm [15851]
Flux Gourmet (111 mins)
Standby
Kino 1
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Sat 20 Aug 8:30 pm [37862]
Flux Gourmet (111 mins)
The Pivotonian Cinema Geelong

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Key Cast
Ariane Labed, Asa Butterfield, Fatma Mohamed, Gwendoline Christie, Leo Bill, Makis Papadimitriou, Richard Bremmer
Director
Peter Strickland
Producers
Pietro Greppi, Serena Armitage
Screenwriter
Peter Strickland
Cinematographer
Tim Sidell
Composer
Tim Harrison
Editor
Matyas Fekete
Costume Designer
Saffron Cullane
Production Designer
Fletcher Jarvis
Premiere Status
Victorian Premiere
Company Credit
Distributor: Arcadia

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