Monterey (2016)


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Mira and Paul dreamed of creating a café together, a warm homely place they could share with the people around them. In Auckland’s Grey Lynn, they hoped they had found it – the Monterey. The addition of a proudly Samoan kitchen crew formed the soul of a community-minded establishment. They feel they have the kitchen under control, so when a young and ambitious chef from the UK is introduced into the mix, with new rules and demands, tensions boil over. Everyone is forced to re-examine their roles and loyalties.

Mira and Paul are confronted by the fragility of their work, family and the repercussions of their decisions on all of them. Is it possible to salvage their dream? Can what has been done ever be undone?

Screening as part of Restaurant MonthA DOCommunity screening by the Documentary Edge Festival in association with Auckland Art Gallery.

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Directed by Lisa Burd, NZ. 87mins

Auditorium, lower ground level