There was another close Wakefield Doc Fest race between the two strongest contenders in the field of five films, but REBELS ON POINTE, directed by Bobbi Jo Hart of Montreal, pulled out in front as the final ballots were counted. The film is about the extraordinary, all-male, classical and comic ballet troupe, Les Ballets Trockaderos de Monte Carlo – and the joyful mood continued after the screening as an ebullient audience poured into the lobby at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche, many decked out in feather boas, to enjoy extraordinary ‘themed’ treats created by our very own in-house chef, Alison Scott.
Many thanks again to Roslyn Bern and the Leacross Foundation for continuing to support this audience-chosen award!
A true highlight of the weekend fest was the visit of Peter Svatek, director of THEATER OF LIFE, who generously came to speak with us at the Saturday evening screening of his lovely and humane film. In case you missed it, the film concerns the internationally renowned chef, Massimo Bottura, who invites 60 of his illustrious chef confrêres to join him in transforming food waste from the Milan World’s Fair into flavourful and nutritious meals for the disenfranchised visitors to the Refettorio Ambrosiano, a respectful and beautiful soup kitchen. The film also tells the stories of these visitors – and offers a glimmer of hope in their desperate lives.
Despite some light attendence figures for our daytime shows – who expected incredibly beautiful summer weather the third weekend of September? – feedback was exceptional for our WDF Weekend. Read all about the entire lineup that was here.
Next up – the 9th ANNUAL Wakefield Doc Fest – coming February 2018!!
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