John Webster
Recipes for Disaster
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Recipes for Disaster

Recipes for Disaster

John Webster

2008
85 min.
Finland
Finnish and English
Subtitles: Catalan and Spanish

The director's family go on an oil-free diet that will challenge their values, strengh and happiness.

Datasheet

Show
Direction
John Webster
Sound
Pietari Koskinen
Distribution
DocsBarcelona Distribution
Production
Kristiina Pervilä
Script
John Webster
Cinematography
John Webster, Tuomo Hutri
Film Editor
Niels Pagh Andersen
Synopsis

Director John Webster convinces his wife and two small children that the whole family should go on an oil-free diet, yet without having to give up their a middle class suburban lifestyle. All the everyday things that we don’t do, or that we can’t help doing, make up recipes for disaster. In this comedy of errors they find themselves questioning their values and putting to test their will power and ultimately, their happiness.

About the direction
John Webster

John Webster

Director

John Webster was born in Helsinki in 1967 to British parents. In 1996 he graduated from the Universi...

DocsBarcelona Trajectory

2009
DocsBarcelona Festival
Edició 2009
2009
Docs del Mes · July
Edició 2009

Awards and festivals

Honorable Mention - Nordisk Panorama Film Festival
Sweeden, 2008
Best Documentary Film Jussi Awards
Finland, 2009
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Reviews

Recipes for Disaster is a film full of attempts, simple wisdoms and learning situations making a strong reference to one’s own world.

— Films for the Earth

Director John Webster takes an unconventionally personal and highly engaging approach to the subject of climate change.

— Jason Anderson, The Star

Sometimes things blow up completely. Witnessing this at first hand can be quite entertaining.

— Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee
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