Peninsula Gallery to hold food-themed movie night March 18

Event set at neighboring Beacon Inn
March 9, 2023

The Peninsula Gallery will host writer Shelby Cooke as she highlights the new film criticism book she edited, “Eating the Screen,” from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at the Beacon Inn.

Cooke will give a short presentation about the use of food in the 2017 film “Paddington 2,” screen the 5-minute short film “Nouvelle Cuisine” and sign limited print copies of “Eating the Screen” for patrons. To RSVP, call 302-645-0551 or email

“Eating the Screen” is a new film criticism anthology from budding film critics and journalists that features 12 original articles on the culture of food in film and television. This book decodes the various ways food is depicted on the screen, with conversations ranging from the comfort of pizza and the sanctuary of the kitchen to the fetishizing of female flesh and the place pie has in representing the gluttonous American mindset. It also includes a specially curated collection of films, giving the reader access to a delicious 12-course cinematic tasting menu.

“Eating the Screen” is self-published by Film East, a multi-award-nominated film programming group based in Delaware and in Norwich, UK. Since its inception in 2019, the group has provided a platform for young audiences to experience and interact with film. Run by a group of young people, Film East aims to educate and inspire the next generation of film enthusiasts by offering unique opportunities to connect through thought-provoking cinema.

Cooke is the marketing manager at Peninsula Gallery, where she utilizes her writing and cinematic experience to spread the word about Lewes’ world-class art scene. She is a founding member of Film East and is the organization’s head curator and editor in chief. Her work for the group has been recognized around the world and has been nominated for six British Film Society Awards. She also edited Film East’s first anthology, “Screen Dreams,” which explores the many ways music can manifest on screen and how it impacts the viewing experience.

Cooke has a master’s degree in film studies from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, where she completed her thesis on David Bowie’s representation of Englishness through his acting performances. The complete dissertation is archived in the British Film Institute’s Reuben Library.

She is a freelance culture and media writer for various online and print publications, writing mainly about British cinema and society.

”Eating the Screen” is available for purchase in e-book format from A limited number of printed books will be available to purchase during the evening. Patrons will also have the opportunity to purchase a bundle of both Film East books,

The Peninsula Gallery is located in the Village Shoppes at the Beacon Inn, 520 East Savannah Road, Lewes. The Beacon Inn is located next door at 514 E. Savannah Road, Lewes.

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