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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Monday, 28 January 2013

Ken Payton: Les Terroiristes du Languedoc – world première

Ready to start the screening

Ken Payton's second film is two hours and 20 minutes long and features 12 'pioneer' producers from Languedoc. It had its world première at the Diagonal cinema in Montpellier last evening.

Les douze vignerons qui figurent dans ce film documentaire sont :

John & Nicole Bojanowski (Le Clos du Gravillas, à St-Jean-de-Minervois)
John & Liz Bowen (Domaine Sainte Croix, à Fraïssé-Corbières)
Emmanuel Pageot & Karen Turner (Domaine Turner Pageot, à Gabian)
Virgile Joly (Domaine Virgile Joly, à Saint-Saturnin)
Cyril Bourgne (Domaine La Madura, à Saint-Chinian)
Brigitte Chevalier (Domaine de Cébène, à Caussiniojouls)
André Leenhardt (Château de Cazeneuve, à Lauret)
François Delhon (Domaine Bassac, à Puissalicon)
Eric & Vianney Fabre (Château d'Anglès, à St-Pierre-laMer)
Frédéric & Marie Chauffray (La Réserve d'O, à Arboras)
Jean-Pierre Vanel (Lacroix-Vanel, à Caux)

Each in turn has their 10 minutes of fame in front of Ken's lens talking about their philosophy of wine, why they chose the Languedoc, why they have chosen organic viticulture or in a few cases why they haven't. This part of the film was shot in the spring of 2012. In the film's last section, filmed during the vintage, each of the 12 vignerons give a short summary of how the 2012 harvest has been for them. Fortunately for both the producers and Ken's film 2012 in the Languedoc was a less difficult vintage than it was in many other parts of France. 

In the grand tradition of southern France the première started at 8.15 and not 7.45 as advertised.    

Ken Payton before the screening – just a slight whiff of anxiety? 

Part of the audience including Virgile Joly

 Jacques Gravegeal, long time president of the Pays d’Oc  

The loneliness of the long distance photographer!

Ken keen to get a last shot for the film ...!


Louise Hurren said...

Really pleased that you made it, Jim! Thanks for your support. See you again in Languedoc very soon! Louise

Jim's Loire said...

Many thanks Louise. Looking forward to Saint-Chinian. Jim