For many barbecuing is akin to a holy ceremony, a ritual that involves the gathering of community in order to celebrate something they believe in – and like it or not, meat is high up on man’s most cherished and obsessed over things in life. You could say that meat is a religion, and barbecuing is the highest level of worship. It’s a simple yet highly personalized ritual that differs across cultures, but ultimately offers the same experience.
Barbecue, an Australian documentary by filmmakers Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker, which had its world premiere at SXSW last week, explores various barbecuing cultures around the world, and how this ritual holds together and furthers communities. Told in 13 languages, from locations as varied as Texas to the Syrian border, Barbecue looks at everything from South Africa’s Shisa Nyama tradition to Spain’s Lechón, and is well and truly an ode to barbecuing and meat culture worldwide.
What’s most interesting about the film is it’s attempt to understand the culture of barbecuing and the human psychology behind it. Some might say it’s only a barbecue, but for many it’s a way of life. As mouth watering as it is touching, Barbecue could well be the food movie of the year.
There is no official release date just yet, but we’ll keep you posted as dates are announced.