A poetic publishing lunch

by Kelvin Smith

The Song of Lunch, a film version of a poem by Christopher Reid, tells the story of a man (Alan Rickman) and a woman (Emma Thompson) who meet for lunch in a Soho restaurant, an old haunt, 15 years after their relationship ended. He works in publishing; she is married to a successful novelist. Guess who is consumed by bitterness, drinks most, and makes ass of himself. Once again the image of publishers suffers in comparison with writers, and there’s no longer the consolation of the boozy publishing lunch.

The Song of Lunch, 2012 – Director, Niall MacCormick