Film production began during the En-Primeur tasting in April 2011. Commentators are well-known British personalities like the wine journalist Oz Clarke and wine critic Steven Spurrier, but also Francis Ford Coppola as well as British journalist and talkshow star Michael Parkinson. The film project was under the wings of film producer and vintner Warwick Ross, prime author David Roach and Andrew Caillard, wine connosseur and director of the Australian auction house Langhton.
The documentary features interviews with vintners, wine critics, journalists, Master of Wines, owners of popular wineries like Prince Robert Von Luxemburg, owner of Châtaux Haut-Brion. Even the opinions of financial experts are included. Domaine de Lafite Rothschild in the Chinese province of Shandong opened its doors for the film to gain an insight on its production there.
"Red Obsession talks about passion and obsession. The film is about the risk involved with the Chinese' love for wine", explains Andrew Caillard. "It is also a study of the human soul, its cultural perspectives in comparison with the aesthetics of Bordeaux and China's passion. Of course we also included the European debt crisis and international uncertainty within economy and politics."
The audience finds itself caught in scenes of Bordeaux wine production as well as the passion of Chinese wine lovers in all aspects of life. "This has been an amazing journey", summarizes Andrew Caillard.
Red Obsession, a production of Lion Rock Films, will run in Australian and New Zealand theatres in either late 2012 or early 2013. Worldwide distribution is supposed to follow. (red.yoopress)