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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 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mesterkokken See more »

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Dolby Digital

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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

In the opening scene, Nigel states that his mother had an aversion to fresh vegetables and that he has "never had a vegetable that didn't come in a tin," but in the picnic scene at the beach the family clearly has fresh butter lettuce leaves and half a tomato in their lunch, and they have vegetables planted in their garden in the back yard. 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 »

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

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I Only Want To Be With You
Music by Mike Hawker (uncredited) and lyrics by Ivor Raymonde (uncredited)
Performed by Chris Egan
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not quite a nostalgia trip
30 December 2011 | by garbanzosauceSee all my reviews

I saw this movie without knowing who Nigel Slater is. The trailer made it out to be a humorous coming-of-age story about a boy with a passion for cooking.

The young Nigel never gives Mrs. Potter a chance - because she works as a house cleaner, is a bit vulgar and lives in public housing, he looks down on her and puts her down in front of his father whenever he can. He wins sympathy points for the emotionally abusive father and the dying mother, but ultimately he himself is not a likable character. And that is the main drawback of the movie. It seems to have been created mainly to vilify the stepmother that Nigel never liked.

Otherwise there is nothing wrong with it. In fact I think Helena Bonham-Carter delivers a great performance as Mrs. Potter.


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