Tuesday, 15 October, 7:30pm
Sunday, 20 October, 5:00pm
Gem and audience favourite from the NZIFF. From Alan Brady to Grant at Valli, you’ll recognize a lot of the talking heads. A great film for our region, for wine lovers – and lovers of NZ.
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It’s not a boring old lecture about bottles and barrels, it’s a moving account of people and passion.
France makes the most desired, revered and expensive wines in the world. They’ve had centuries to hone their craft. If you make fine wine, France is the benchmark. Or are they? One country famous for punching above its weight is taking on the aristocracy. This is a story featuring the Worlds’ most renowned winemakers, critics, writers and fine wine merchants. Travelling from the Old World to the New World we explore the history, culture and tension in the changing world of fine wine.
“Are we deserving of a seat at the table of the world’s finest yet?” Filmmakers David Nash and Simon Mark-Brown pose the question in this vine-saturated visual feast of a documentary highlighting pivotal moments in our winescape, starting with a landmark blind tasting by the most influential wine writers in the UK. We see sauvignon blanc first arriving in Marlborough and watch the Cloudy Bay colossus open doors worldwide. We learn why Alan Brady (Gibbston Valley) planted pinot noir in the desert, how Clive Paton (Ata Rangi) based his vineyard on a mysterious clone taken from smuggled Burgundian cuttings destined for destruction, and how biodynamics has taken a firm hold downunder.
A Seat at the Table entertainingly explores Franco-Kiwi discussions comparing our key wine styles, the screwcap versus cork chestnut, New Zealand’s growing wine identity and questions around whether we’re really deserving of top-table status.
NZ 2019, 100 min, exempt
Directed by David Nash & Simon Mark-Brown