Updated: Aug 31, 2020
Written and Directed by: #JoshuaParkhill
Short film review by: Brian Penn
Have you ever watched a TV chef and grown envious as they create a sparkling dish without breaking into a sweat; and then defiantly thrown something into the microwave? Well, Egg On your Face gleefully explodes the pretension of cookery and unbearable snobbery of foodies everywhere. You know the type; the ones who think they can turn an avocado into a three course meal.
Meet Blaise Durrant (Quentin Bruno), the gifted, misunderstood genius of the kitchen who knows all about eggs. Yes eggs; whether poached, fried, grilled or boiled it becomes an intellectual challenge in the hands of Monsieur Durrant. A disappointed interviewer (Bob Barnes) sounds like he missed the bigger gig but probes for deeper understanding. Blaise must challenge the validity of the egg and its incendiary relationship with cheese and onion. We experience the journey to perfection and creation of his vision. He takes his idea to the bank for start-up funding. Idris (Michelle Narkiss) delivers the bank’s answer; her incredulity is matched only by Blaise’s confusion. The bank’s response provokes a re-think as he enlists the help of Antoine (Frederic Fils-Aime) for some consumer testing.
Food is undoubtedly one of life’s great pleasures but literally too many cooks spoil the broth, and chefs only make us mortals feel even more inferior than we already are. Having said that the film alights on a character that is real and instantly recognisable. There are many examples in the media who richly deserve to be sent up. But as Adam Ant once said ‘ridicule is nothing to be scared of’ and a sure sign that someone has arrived. It’s a hugely likeable piece that quickly identifies and hits the target.