In a touching tribute to the sardonic chef, celebrated author, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner that was Anthony Bourdain, Focus Features has produced a brand new documentary about the internationally beloved personality titled Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.
Directed by the Academy Award-winning Morgan Neville who most notable helmed 20 Feet From Stardom and Won’t You Be My Neighbour?, the documentary will be an intimate examination of Bourdain’s storied career – from the publication of his game changing memoir Kitchen Confidential to achieving mainstream stardom with his hit CNN series Parts Unknown – as well as his authentic approach to food, culture, and travel through the lens of those who knew him best.
Ranging from close friends, colleagues, industry peers, to production crew members, you can expect appearances from the likes of restauranteurs + fellow celebrity chefs David Chang and Eric Ripert, longtime producer/Parts Unknown director Tom Vitale, artist David Choe, and even singer Alison Mosshart of The Kills.
“One minute I was standing next to a deep fryer, and the next I was watching the sun set over the Sahara,” Bourdain can be heard posthumously narrating in the trailer above.
“What am I doing here?”
“You’re probably gonna find out about it anyway, so here’s a little pre-emptive truth-telling: There’s no happy ending.”
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 11th before releasing widely on July 16th – we’ll keep you updated on when this documentary finally hits streaming platforms.
2021 marks three years since the death of Anthony Bourdain. If you or anyone you know is anxious, depressed, considering self-harm or suicide, there are people who want to help. Reach out here or call Lifeline on 13 11 14. And as always, don’t forget to check on your mates.