Our Favourite Boozy Films
Films are better with booze. Whether a French-75 from the white-jacket-bow-tie bartender in ‘Casablanca’ or Bill Murray’s penchant for Suntory Time in ‘Lost in Translation’, a strong serve more often than not makes it front-row in the cinema. After all, where would Bond be without his Vodka Martini? Shaken (not stirred), of course.
This year, we’ve partnered with the Sydney Film Festival to bring a little extra spirit to their world-class program of premieres, talks and parties running from the 5-16 June 2019. Don’t miss our special festival cocktail, the ‘Sydney Club’ featuring Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin, raspberry, citrus, sherry and a pinch of sea salt. In the lead-up to the festival, we asked the Archie Rose team to share their boozy favourites from films far and wide.
Sour Grapes (2016) - Will Edwards, Founder
An American crime documentary chronicling the life of young wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan who used counterfeit wines to con investors out of $35 million.
“Despite it not being a 100% accurate depiction of exactly what went down, it’s still an unbelievable story! Plus, it provides some unique insight into the incredibly exclusive world of proper high-end wine. Another notable mention, Butterbeer from Harry Potter.”
What film will you see at the Sydney Film Festival this year? The Wedding Guest
Flying High (1980) - Harriet Leigh, Head of Hospitality
Dubbed one of the ‘10 funniest films of all time’, Flying High parodies the disaster film genre, satirising a plane catastrophe with surreal humour and slapstick comedy.
“I immediately think of the scene with Robert Hayes pouring whisky repeatedly down his shirt front. The depiction of his drinking problem has always made me feel better about my poor hand-eye coordination.”
What film will you see at the Sydney Film Festival this year? Papi Chulo
Inglourious Basterds (2009) - Amanda Jennings, Marketing Project Manager
A classic Tarantino thrill ride set in German-occupied France, centering on a team of Jewish soldiers commissioned to commit violent acts of retribution against the Nazis.
“The tavern scene has so much going on! It all starts when Hicox makes the fatal error, ordering three glasses of whisky, and unequivocally giving them away as imposters. The basters know there’s no way out, so who can deny a man a 33-year-old Scotch as his last drink? The unspoken tension in the room has you on the edge of your seat until the end!”
What film will you see at the Sydney Film Festival this year? What Will Become of Us
Angel’s Share (2012) - Dave Withers, Master Distiller
Part drama, part comedy, Angel’s Share follows a troubled young father who, after visiting a whisky distillery, is inspired to find a way out of his hopeless life.
“It’s got to be the warehouse scene in Angel’s Share. I love the cheeky notion of stealing one of the most expensive and legendary whiskies out from under the noses of auctioneers. Plus, I have met the auctioneer a number of times and Charlie Maclean is the absolute summation of who he is in the film.”
What film will you see at the Sydney Film Festival this year? I am Mother
Lost in Translation (2003) - Victoria Tulloch, Head of Marketing
Sofia Coppola’s moving, melancholic story follows the bond between a faded movie star and neglected young woman after crossing paths in Tokyo.
“It’s the perfect delivery of an existential crisis in just two deadpan words - ‘Suntory Time’. Kudos for making cocktails at the Park Hyatt Tokyo top of everyone’s must-do list.”
What film will you see at the Sydney Film Festival this year? Blinded by the Light
Casino Royale (2006) - Trevor Hannam, Head of Commercial
Daniel Craig delivers a haunted and intense reinvention of 007, taking him from Madagascar to a high stakes poker game in Montenegro.
“For me, the James Bond series created one of the most memorable drink references of cinema history - shaken, not stirred. In Casino Royale, Bond changes his order to a Vesper, an iconic reimagining of his traditional order, Vodka Martini.”
What film will you see at the Sydney Film Festival this year? Birth of Cool
Withnail & I (1987) - Nick Baxter, Brand Ambassador Melbourne
A cult British black comedy following two dropout actors as they escape grim, late-1960s Camden for a weekend in the Lake District.
“It’s such a great film, written and directed by Bruce Robinson. It’s littered with boozy scenes and is one of my favourite cult classics. A couple of scenes spring to mind - the pub scene where they meet the poacher and the cake shop where they demand ‘We want the finest wines available to humanity, we want them here and we want them now!’”
If you haven’t already scored your tickets to the Sydney Film Festival, now is your chance. Tickets are available via the Sydney Film Festival website. Find us at The Hub at Town Hall from 5-16th June 2019.
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