Set! Unclassified 15+
In the ruthless world of competitive table-setting, it’s knives at 20 places.
You might think setting the table before a meal is just a practicality, maybe an outdated ostentatious ceremony, or even a chore. But, within a subculture of dedicated ‘tablescapers’, table-setting is a serious competitive pursuit. Their elaborate, innovatively themed creations reveal their artistry; sometimes, they even make bold statements. And as nine competitors prepare for the Orange County Fair – considered the ‘Olympics of table-setting’ – the pressure is on to position themselves as the finest of their kind around.
Scott Gawlik’s absorbing feature debut plays like a real-life version of a Christopher Guest mockumentary – the elite table-setters he follows relish in their eccentric vocation and cutthroat plans for success – yet he approaches them with an honest, sensitive curiosity. The precision they strive for is also deeply satisfying: in an uncertain world, there’s always the supreme smoothness of table linen and the magic of a perfectly aligned spoon, not to mention the genuinely social aspect of coming together for a beautifully presented feast.
“Full of passion and drama, colour and conflict – and it’ll have you thinking twice about how to properly fold your napkin.” – Toronto Sun
Please note: The Friday 13 August (10am) session at Pentridge Cinema will be a Crybaby Session.
For more venue information and for information about accessible services provided at MIFF this year, please go to miff.com.au/access.
To ensure that MIFF can provide you with the best customer service, if you require any accessibility services that MIFF offers at any MIFF venues, please book your ticket by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 03 9087 3395.