Popularly known as the bad boy of haute cuisine, Anthony Bourdain has criss-crossed the globe in search of the most mouth-watering, unusual delicacies that Earth has to offer. His TV programs No Reservations and Parts Unknown have gained a sizable following of their own, among folks equally invested in learning about new and challenging additions to their palette, and seeing a grown man choke down pig taint. But beyond introducing me to the best cheeseburger I’ve had in my entire life, Bourdain’s an accomplished writer, with a handful of nonfiction books about the art and culture of cooking, as well as a few works of fiction. He penned the speculative-history investigation Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical, as well as the food-world mysteries Gone Bamboo and Bone In The Throat.
The latter of the two has been chopped up, reduced in red wine, and emulsified for the silver screen. Bone In The Throat fast approaches its world premiere at SXSW on Saturday, and a new trailer has now arrived to, if you’ll pardon the expression, whet our appetites. It sounds like a meaty story, too: Trading the novel’s Little Italy setting for East London, the film tells the story of an enterprising young cook who gets an eyeful when a man is murdered in his kitchen. It’s not long before his degenerate uncle is jumping him into the wild and woolly world of organized crime in East London. Has the meek gourmand bitten off more than he can chew? Between running a kitchen, keeping out of jail, and staying alive, has he got too much on his plate? How many food puns can I make before someone takes the microphone away from me? Will Bone In The Throat be a veritable feast for the sens—:
The trail of the tape
Title: Bone In The Throat
Director: Graham Henman
Screenwriter: Graham Henman, Mark Townend
Cast: Ed Westwick, Tom Wilkinson, Andy Nyman, Vanessa Kirby
Release date: March 14, 2015 (SXSW premiere)
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “I miss the old days, when you’d deal with a nosy copper the right way.”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
One of the many elements that made Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio so excellent was the way he invests food with raw sensory potential. Strickland eked sexuality, revulsion, and violence all from footage of produce getting smashed. Director Graham Henman similarly works wonders with foodstuffs—some of that footage is so rich with sensuous detail it straddles the line between food porn and porn. Sprinkle in a few taut action scenes, garnish with Gossip Girl’s impossibly debonair Ed Westwick, and this is one confection I can’t wait to dig into.