Ronni Kahn, the founder of Australia’s leading food rescue organisation OzHarvest, is a reluctant leading lady. But when Director Dan Goldberg told her he wanted to make a film about Australia’s $20 billion food waste bill, she jumped at the chance. The film they made, which opens at Event Cinemas on June 16, is called Food Fighter and it’s set to make a global impact.
Running a corporate events company, Ronni was once a contributor to Australia’s annual $20 billion food waste bill. But after years of throwing away perfectly edible food, she started OzHarvest and began her crusade against the global food waste scandal.
During the film, you’re right there beside Ronni. One minute you’re at the United Nations, next you’re rubbing shoulders with British royalty and jumping on the Jamie Oliver juggernaut. Ronni describes seeing her story unfold on the big screen as, “crazy”.
“I’ve never watched an interview I’ve done or read an article about me. Once I said yes to the film I Didn’t think about it again until Dan called me into the editing room”. She tells us during our interview.
Filmed over two years and across four continents the film’s director, Dan Goldberg told us the story “kind of revealed itself” during the filming.
“I followed a lot of things that ended up on the cutting room floor. We had to lose some gems and I was sad to see them go. But the final 83 minutes shows a determined principled woman who’s not willing to compromise. Because of the food, not the people. It’s about saving the food”.
And Ronni’s message for people looking to make an impact on food waste is a simple one – Look, buy, store and cook.
“For me, it’s really about actually looking at the way things are done and doing them differently. Look, buy, store and cook is the message we’re trying to get out there. A family like yours can save thousands of dollars every year if you’re mindful of making a shopping list, buying what you need, storing it properly and cooking it”.
Food Fighter opens at Event Cinemas on June 16.