The Great Escape
You might remember a film from about 10 years ago made by one of my favourite directors ever, Peter Weir, it was called The Way Back and starred Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Saoirse Ronan and Colin Farrell. It was supposedly from a real life story, but doubts about the veracity of this surfaced after the film premiere and this affected the box office it taking only $24 million worldwide. (Though it did get a single Oscar nomination for best make up.) As it was by one of my heroes I decided I must interview him and the cast, so I went to one of the dog and pony shows that film makers are required to attend. Sturgess didn’t show so I had to make do with Weir, Harris, Ronan and Weir. I was thrilled, I totally enjoyed Colin Farrell in everything he had done to date and I was convinced that once people learned to how to pronounce Saoirse’s name she would be one of the greatest actors of the age. I mean that: Really, show biz is funny, like art. If everyone had known easily how to pronounce the name of great artist Cy Twombly think how much more famous he must have been. But Saoirse has proved me right and we can all say her name properly and she has had 4 Oscar nominations. And yes she was fabulous in Little Women last year, I know it’s soppy, but I loved it! Sniff!
Nothing to Sniff At
We watched the movie in a special screening and then we got to meet the cast. I was slightly in awe of Peter Weir and also a bit put off by Mr Farrell who had obviously just got off a plane and quite frankly hummed a bit, but I got everything I needed. My adoration of director Weir was undiminished as he was natural and charm itself. If you get a chance catch the film, it will wear well I guarantee. The story line is about an escape from the Stalinist Soviet Union during WW2 as a bunch of prisoners plus Ronan run away from a gulag, that’s a prison in the wilderness, and head off to far China and the Himalayas. It is beautifully shot and the scenery is breathtaking.
As we are in ESCAPE mode in our heads I have found an escape cocktail
50 ml gin
15 ml passion fruit purée
Coriander leaves, not dried from the far recesses of the cupboard
¼ of a fresh vanilla pod
Few strawberries, they can have been frozen
15 ml sugar syrup
Take a cocktail shaker, crush the strawberries throw in the rest of the ingredients.
Then shake the potion, serve in a chilled glass, garnish with strawberries, vanilla and coriander leaves, don’t use dried coriander from the kitchen, please.
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