OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
DIRECTOR : Dan Goldberg
COUNTRY : Australia
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 86min
Nu Metro 5, 10 Oct @ 2.45pm | Nu Metro 6, 17 Oct @ 10am
This is the story of one woman’s crusade against food waste…Ronni Kahn used to be a contributor to Australia’s annual $20 billion food waste bill when she ran a successful corporate events company producing million-dollar dinners.Then she realised the absurdity of throwing away perfectly edible food and traded capitalism for social activism in 2004 by founding OzHarvest, a food rescue charity. Now, she’s taking on politicians and big business to expose an inconvenient truth: that four million tonnes of edible food is discarded in Australia every year while up to two million Aussies suffer from food insecurity. And to add insult to injury, this food waste ends up in landfill, harming the environment by creating greenhouse gas emissions.
Filmed over two years and across four continents, ‘Food Fighter’ follows Ronni’s crusade as she partners with the United Nations, rubs shoulders with royalty and Jamie Oliver’s juggernaut, rifles through dumpster bins and holds government to account. From the recent death of her daughter-in law to the very recent birth of her first grandchild, Ronni’s personal rollercoaster runs parallel to her meteoric rise as the face of food waste. Conceding she lacked the “courage” to stay and fight the Apartheid regime in her mother country, ‘Food Fighter’ also follows Ronni’s road to redemption, an inspirational woman bidding to make peace with her past. In the end, it reveals what sort of individual it takes to effect such profound change globally.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Dan is an award-winning producer and director who began his career in newspapers and magazines, ending up on staff at the Sydney Morning Herald and The Bulletin. In his TV career, he has tried to shine the light in dark corners of society, or on social issues he cares deeply about, or simply to give voice to the voiceless.
His TV credits include Bushwhacked! series 1, 2 and 3 for ABC3, which has won multiple awards, including the 2014 Asian Kids TV Show of the Year and two Logie nominations (2015 and 2016); Code of Silence for ABC, which won the 2014 Walkley Award for Best Documentary; and Brilliant Creatures for ABC & BBC, which was nominated for a Logie and an AACTA. He directed Passport To Hope for Foxtel in 2010, Pitch Battle for the ABC in 2014 and the 4-part arts series for Foxtel, The Archibald, in 2017. Food Fighter is his first feature-length documentary.
His journalism has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin, The Australian, The Age, The Sun-Herald, The Brisbane Times, The Observer, The New York Forward, The Big Issue and Newsweek Magazine, among others.