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Toast (2010)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Comedy | Drama  -  30 December 2010 (UK)
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The ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960's Britain.

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(as S J Clarkson)

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, (memoir)
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Wolverhampton,1967:- nine year old Nigel Slater loves his mother though she is a hopeless cook, her finest offering being toast whilst he has great culinary aspirations. When she dies of asthma Nigel is left with a distant father but worse is to come when the 'common' Mrs. Joan Potter arrives as the Slaters' cleaner. Nigel fears,rightly,that her aim is to be the next Mrs. Slater and soon he has a new stepmother and is whisked away to the country. Joan is,however,a superb cook but this only makes for rivalry as Nigel,the only boy in his cookery class at secondary school,competes with her to find the way to his father's heart. A weekend job in a pub kitchen introduces Nigel to an older boy,another great cook and gay like himself ,who gives him the confidence and inspiration to leave home after his father's death and head for the hotel kitchens of London. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The story of a boy's hunger.


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The film is an adaptation of the autobiography of food writer Nigel Slater. The central character is given that name. In the final scene, when Freddy Highmore is given a job in the kitchens of the Savoy hotel, the person who hires him is played by the real life Nigel Slater. See more »

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When Nigel plays the 7 inch single towards the end of the drama, he pulls out a record with a 'Harvest' label. Dusty Springfield was never on this label. See more »

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Mrs. Potter: I brought you a cup of tea, nice with a cake.
Nigel Slater: I don't want to, I don't have to have it. I don't want you in my life anymore!
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much ado about nothing
6 May 2014 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This movie is based on the ultimate conceit, that we know about the central character and recognise that he is brilliant and famous. I had never heard of Nigel Slater before I watched this movie, although the people I watched this with had, and indicated that he is a famous "food writer", whatever that is. OK, we all have to do something, but in my book, "food writing" does not rank in my top 1000 meaningful professions that have made the world a better place. A film about the early life of Napoleon or Alexander the Great I can understand, but about a food writer? Give me a break. My hosts told me that Nigel Slater abhors the "celebrity chef" phenomenon, as well he should, but I find it hard to reconcile this statement with someone who has written his autobiography in his relative youth and who not only endorses but appears in a cameo in, a movie about himself.

OK, on to the film itself. It is basically a tale of nothing at all, the story of all our lives. Which one of us hasn't had issues growing up? Who hasn't been a surly teenager? Who hasn't had differences of opinion with their parents? Why we should feel sorry for poor Nigel is hard to imagine and given that he is portrayed as an unpleasant child who morphs into an unpleasant teenager why should we care? The film ends with the young Nigel being taken under the wing of an established chef, who nudge, nudge, wink, wink, for those in the know, happens to be played in a cameo role by the famous Nigel himself. Well isn't that just cute. It ends on a note of "and the rest is history", but certainly in my case it isn't because I had no idea who he was and after enduring this conceit-fest had not the least desire to find out.

A complete waste of a few thousand feet of film and a few million dollars.


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