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Nests of Gold

A visual journey following one of the world's most expensive foods. From its creation in the remote island caves of the Philippines, to its transformation into the legendary Cantonese dish of "Bird's Nest Soup" at a 3 Michelin star restaurant, this film examines this strange delicacy, and the different lives that are touched by it.

  • Alan Poon
  • Garry Tutte
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Adventure, Travel, Food, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Hong Kong, Philippines
  • Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Doc Edge Festival
    New Zealand
    May 14, 2018
    Australasia Premiere
  • Silk Road Film Festival
    March 8, 2018
    European Premiere
  • Seoul International Food Film Festival
    Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
    November 17, 2017
    Jury Award
  • Reel Asian International Film Festival
    November 11, 2017
  • Devour! Food Film Festival
    October 26, 2017
Director Biography - Alan Poon

Alan Poon, is a director and cinematographer based in Toronto, Canada. He studied at Ryerson University's School of Image Arts and at Westminster University's Contemporary Media Practice in London, England.

From documentaries to stop-motion animation and everything in between, Alan has championed a wide diversity of filmmaking mediums and draws upon many areas of expertise to create each new project. His background in mixed media and fine arts challenges him to be constantly thinking of new and interesting ways of storytelling.

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Director Statement

Thank you for your consideration of my short documentary NESTS OF GOLD! This started as an exploration of my family history, and the stories I heard about my grandfather who became a successful Bird's Nest merchant in Hong Kong in the 70's and 80's. "Nests of Gold" is my directorial debut in documentary and is the result of over 6 years in the making. It has been a real passion project for everyone involved. Hope you enjoy the film and I hope it encourages further discussion about these strange delicacies, and the delicate balance navigating between our traditions, values, and the commoditization of natural goods.