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Toast (2010)

Not Rated | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 30 December 2010
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The ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960s Britain.

Director:

S.J. Clarkson (as S J Clarkson)

Writers:

Lee Hall, Nigel Slater (memoir)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Kennedy ... Young Nigel Slater
Victoria Hamilton ... Mum
Colin Prockter Colin Prockter ... Percy Salt
Ken Stott ... Dad
Matthew McNulty ... Josh
Frasier Huckle Frasier Huckle ... Warrel
Kia Pegg Kia Pegg ... Milk Girl
Rielly Newbold Rielly Newbold ... Leonard
Roger Walker Roger Walker ... Gardener
Rob Jarvis ... Fishmonger
Amy Marston ... Primary School Teacher
Helena Bonham Carter ... Mrs. Potter
Selina Cadell ... Ruby
Freddie Highmore ... Nigel Slater
Louise Mardenborough Louise Mardenborough ... Rachel
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Toast See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the third time Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore play mother and son. Their first time was in Women Talking Dirty (1999), the second, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

The opening credits in the grocery store consist of the names of the writers, producer and lead actors printed on actual products, the title, and the director's name shown on a scale. See more »

Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 13 December 2010 (2010) See more »

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He's Got Something
Written by Kenny Lynch (uncredited) and Ian Samwell (uncredited)
Performed by Dusty Springfield
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To be savoured
5 September 2011 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about the eventful childhood of Nigel Slater, and how he developed love for the culinary art.

The tag line of "Toast" suggests that it is a film about food, but it really is about Nigel Slater's sad childhood. The child is unloved by his father. His mother was more loving, but could not cook at all. After his mother's untimely death, his life is thrown into emotional turmoil. I find the portrayal of Nigel's state of mind to be heartfelt and profound. It makes me connect with him an his feelings. The rivalry between Nigel and Joan is well depicted too. The tension between them is so palpable. Given such tension between them, the events near the ending are particularly sad. I think "Toast" is a fine film, it is to be savoured.


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