5 food films to eat takeaway with


In these times of uncertainty and staying in, let’s be honest, we’re all watching more of our guilty pleasures. My comfort viewing often steers towards films or TV that include some kind of food element. Here are 5 films that have me dreaming of food.

Eat, Drink, Man, Woman 1994 and Babette’s Feast 1987 are the ultimate elaborately prepared shared meals, The Lunchbox 2013 has the delight of an unexpected human connection through food, Chef  2014 is all about making food that you feel passionately about and I dare you to watch Tampopo 1985 and not crave ramen down to your bones!

What films have you drooling?


Rosie Hays, Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA

#1 Tampopo

Tampopo (1985) / Dir: Juzo Itami

#2 Babette’s Feast

Babette’s Feast (1987) / Dir: Gabriel Axel

#3 Eat Drink Man Woman

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) / Dir: Ang Lee

#4 The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox (2013) / Dir: Ritesh Batra

#5 Chef

Chef (2014) / Dir: Jon Favreau

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Feature image: Chef (2014) / Dir: Jon Favreau



  1. I have really visceral feelings of the Lunch-Pail Tree from Return to Oz’.

  2. Hi Kristen… if only the lunch-box/pail tree was a thing! I wouldn’t mind if it was fried chicken :) Best, QAGOMA