Wild at Heart, the latest short film from our Meet+Eat series is now online. Explore a story of global and suburban displacement told through the courageous and inspiring stories of one of Australia’s oldest farming families and one of Australia’s newest arrivals.
Each episode of the Meet+Eat series uses the act of preparing and sharing a meal as a way of getting people from different walks of life to sit down and have a yarn. Often the meal they prepare will come from their cultural background or have some personal significance and this encourages deeper and more personal conversations.
In Wild at Heart, three brothers in their 80s are still single-handedly running the last dairy farm in Craigieburn on Melbourne’s suburban fringe. After four generations on the land, their days are numbered as they struggle to survive the modernisation of milk production and the ever approaching suburban sprawl.
Down the road, Nadia and Omar are among the suburb’s new arrivals, having already had to leave their land in Pakistan.
The two families meet at the nearby Westmeadows Hall, where the Troutbeck brothers used to attend local dances, to share their stories over a jointly-prepared multicultural meal that includes aloo gosht and cream sponge. What transpires are shared stories of disposession, upheaval and what it means at a personal level to belong to a land.
If you enjoy this, come to Sunday’s Federation Square screening of more Meet+Eat films from the current and past series – click here for event details.
Visit the Meet+Eat project page to view more films and learn more about the series.