‘Demon Day’ explores the inner workings of the imagination of chef and gastronomic genius Alvin Leung. Amid tentacles and open flames, the film reveals the self-professed Demon Chef’s wicked palate and penchant for carnal creations.
Alvin Leung rose to prominence in Hong Kong, becoming known for what he calls ‘X-treme Chinese’ cuisine, an experimental technique that morphs traditional Chinese recipes into weird and often kinky culinary experiences.
Ryan didn’t set out to make this film about ‘good-looking’ plates of food, but instead wanted to give the audience a glimpse into Alvin’s imagination and help people to understand what makes him approach new dishes in such a unique and distinctive way. His aim was to challenge the viewer to think about food and how we interpret it in just the same way that Alvin does.
As with the majority of Ryan’s work, everything in ‘Demon Days’ was shot for real and in-camera. As the film progresses, Ryan references the importance of creativity and innovation in science and food culture through playing with perception and using a mixture of lenses and effects to create an abstract world of micro environments within objects. Different cuts of meat are blow-torched to look like falling meteorites, burned steaks are made into mountain ranges and mini universes evolve within the mysterious interior of a blender.
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Executive Producer – Stephen Whelan / White Lodge
DoP – David Procter
Set design – Thomas Petherick
Editor – Sally Cooper / Cut + Run
Grade – Julien Biard / Finish
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