The idea behind Sydney Film Festival’s Gourmet Cinema – which combines films about food with fine food IRL – was borrowed from the Berlin Biennale. “We thought it was a brilliant concept; pairing the cinematic and food experience together, and with Australians being such foodies, it was a natural fit,” says Nashen Moodley, SFF director.

This year’s program will showcase three international films, all Australian premieres, with a culinary focus. Moodley curates the program on two criteria; each film must be interesting for a “foodie audience” and have a natural link to a Sydney restaurant. “One of this year’s films, Foodies, for example, is all about the visual experience of eating,” says Moodley, “Its brilliant colours immediately reminded me of Azuma’s vibrant visual delicacies. Together the film and the dinner are an education in eating with your eyes.”

When the credits stat rolling, Gourmet Cinema-goers will wander to the nominated restaurant and enjoy a meal created especially for the night, based on the film. Matched wines by Eden Road Wines and beers from Little Creatures will complement each meal. Communal seating encourages shared conversations and as Moodley says, “This is a great chance to meet other people who’ve just seen the same film, and experience the meal together.”

Sergio Herman: Fucking Perfect and The Bridge Room – June 9
The film offers a behind-the-scenes portrait of Dutch chef Sergio Herman in the lead up to the closure of his Michelin-starred restaurant, Oud Sluis. It is followed by a four-course meal at The Bridge Room prepared by chef and owner, Ross Lusted.

Foodies and Azuma – June 10
The film is a look into the world of well-to-do food bloggers who fly around the globe dining at the best restaurants and sharing their culinary experiences with their followers. Kimitaka Azuma will prepare a three-course meal at his restaurant, Azuma.

Good Things Await and The Governor's Table – June 11
The documentary depicts a Danish farming couple struggling to run their biodynamic farm, supplying produce to Copenhagen’s famous Noma restaurant and running into problems with the Danish authorities. The Governor's Table’s head chef, Marco Adler, will create a five-course menu influenced by contemporary Danish restaurants.

All films will be screened at Dendy Opera Quays. Call 1300 733 733 or visit sff.org.au for more information.