A half-hour film, from the perspective of a fir tree, narrated in Danish? It’s a given that BBC4’s subtitled offering doesn’t sound like your usual yuletide viewing fodder – but bear with it. This beautifully photographed story is strange, but also meditative and affecting. As it grows from a cone, to a sapling, to a juvenile tree, the viewer sees – and feels – as the tree would. There are curious, caring children, pragmatic adults, passing wildlife, and snowflakes that tickle.
The proud but naïve fir considers itself the best, a belief confirmed when it leaves the forest for a sitting room to be admired and adorned with baubles. But after the festivities, it’s inevitably left outside to… Well, we all know what happens to used-up Christmas trees.
Inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale (a man whose apocryphal yarns never ducked uncomfortable human truths), this is a short, hypnotic commune with nature that, for those of us prone to guilt, will make us question the arrogance of our throw-away culture.
This Brockley restaurant is from a Brockley local, who was keen to give the area a proper neighbourhood restaurant. It's open from breakfast right through to dinner, from Wednesday to Sunday. Diners are invited to 'build their own' breakfast plate, with smashed avocado, roast tomatoes, eggs any way, grilled halloumi, cheddar, grilled bacon, house smoked salmon and grilled chorizo on offer. All come with sourdough toast. Brunch and lunch options include lentil ragu, garlic-baked mussels and an 'open' bacon sandwich with cheddar rocket and chilli jam. A short evening menu features seared scallops with fennel, chicken liver parfait, beetroot ravioli with spinach puree, pork neck with garlic mash, kale and kohlrabi and calf's liver with polenta, confit onion, roast tomato and sage.
Venue says: “We're trialing our pizza service! Starting WEDNESDAY 5 JULY, you can get two pizzas for the price of one when dining in-house.”