A Matter of Life and Death; film screening and dining experience.

11949278_1030230097009558_4895589986406178337_nI’m so excited about the next event I’m hosting! On Friday September 18th I’ll be teaming up with Maximo Learn in Bedford Town Centre to present a film screening with a difference! In collaboration with The Bedford Film Festival programme of fringe events we will be showing the 1946 romantic classic A Matter of Life and Death starring David Niven and Kim Hunter.

The event (tickets are £12.50 and available here http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/event/a-matter-of-life-and-death-1946/) came about after a conversation with festival organiser and PR guru Paul Hutchinson of Hutch PR. IF you follow this blog you’ll already know I often holds themed dinner parties for friends  (see the blog posts for pictures of Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Twin Peaks and American Hustle themed meals.) It’s become a bit of a tradition now, but it’s time to take it to the next level and open it up to the public, which means you can now join me for a 1940s themed dining experience!

You’ll will be welcomed through the doors of Maximo and into the 1940s, where you will attend a pre-film drinks soiree complete with vintage entertainment and a complimentary vintage beauty bar. The film screening will then take place in a themed mess hall where a 40s style cold supper will be served during the screening. We will be serving a cold supper based on war time rations, (perhaps with a few blackmarket treats sneaked in for good measure, but don’t tell anyone!)

With food scarce during the war years, rationing was bought in by the government as a way of controlling resources and to make sure everyone got their fair share but, luckily for us, even with sugar, tea, butter and meat all on ration, we have been saving up our coupons and growing our own in the ‘Victory Garden’ to make sure no one will go hungry on the 18th, and so that our menu (see below) promises to be a little more substantial!

  • Cheese and pickle sandwich, corned beef sandwich sandwich or a jam sandwich
  • A slice of meat and potato pie
  • Slice of fruit loaf
  • Lettuce and tomato
  • Apple
  • Fruit juice

We might even be able to rustle up some popcorn for the occassion! Please note both a vegetarian and gulten free options will be available in limited numbers. Please notify us when booking of any specialist dietry requirements so we can make sure you are provided for.

Don’t worry if you can’t find your ration book, just buy a ticket for the show and we’ll do all the rest. Tickets are available online here: http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/event/a-matter-of-life-and-death-1946/ or you can pop into Maximo Learn or come and see me on my stand at Twinwood Festival this weekend!

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