Does New Zealand wine deserve a seat at the global wine table?
It’s a question that the eponymous film, A Seat at the Table, has a wide range of answers to – and a wider audience than its original one now that Samuel Goldwyn has acquired world wide rights to the independent film, which opens in the United States in April.
A Seat at the Table will have its United States premiere as part of the Official Selection at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April, before heading to the European festival circuit.
The film took five years to make. It was made by Studio Nash, Republic Films and Branded Pictures Entertainment; written, directed and produced by David Nash and Simon Mark-Brown, who interviewed a range of New Zealand’s best known winemakers and international commentators. It covers the key stories that link new and traditional winemaking countries.
“We hear both sides of each story from grape vines illegally smuggled in gumboots to climate change and the screwcap versus cork debate,” says Nash.
The film features an extremely wide cast of New Zealand winemakers and international wine commentators, such as Jancis Robinson, OBE and Master of Wine, who is quoted as describing Kiwi winemakers who are “beating the French at their own game”.