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The Gay Foodie Biopic Toast Goes Heavy On The Meringue


If you’re reading this on a laptop in England then this post might be old news. That’s because Toast, the biopic of gay food writer Nigel Slater (Eating For England), based on his memoir of the same name, already aired on BBC1 as a TV movie.

American readers, on the other hand—especially riot-news-avoiding Anglophiles with insatiable appetites for period-adorable British everything—will definitely enjoy this trailer for the film, coming to U.S. theaters in October. Toast is more than willing to scratch your Julie & Julia-meets-An Education itch. It stars Freddie Highmore—that kid from Finding Neverland—as Slater and Helena Bonham Carter as the deliciously mean stepmum. It’s almost laws-of-physics impossible to be more English than Carter without involuntarily morphing into Maggie Smith.

In the film, Slater turns to cooking as a safe haven from his depressing 1960s British home life: both his parents have died and he’s stuck with his selfish, petty stepmother (Carter), the Slaters’ former housekeeper. Along the way he falls in love with the landlady’s son and realizes he needs to take control of his own life.

Also, there will be pie. There aren’t nearly enough movies devoted to pie.

Toast opens theatrically in the United States October 7. Save room for several desserts after viewing.