"We Eatin’ Good! Is a collaborative food and cooking platform dedicated to amplifying young Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and people of colour. With a focus on uplifting diverse creatives, both on and off-screen, we aim to highlight our community and showcase the creative skills of both the cast and crew in a meaningful way.
We wanted to share intimate moments and create a sanctuary for people to explore the intersections of culture and queerness, through the shared experiences of food and cooking."
Content Warning: Eating disorders, displacement and colonisation
Matisse Laida - Director/Producer
Nisha Hunter - DOP/Producer
Dandy Fredes - Director
Bexx Djentuh Davis - Producer
We Eatin' Good started purely as an online hobby that Matisse Laida started during a lockdown. They quickly realised that community connection was the most important thing that came with sharing her own recipes. With this in mind, Matisse moved to making the platform more collaborative. This involved facilitating takeovers by community worldwide, to log in and speak to We Eatin’ Good’s audience about who they were, what was important to them and of course, sharing delicious meals.
Seeing these stories, Matisse was compelled to give their community a larger platform and move the project offline, bringing fellow artist and friend Nisha Hunter on board to produce and film the first iteration of the project, which was made in collaboration with (In)Visible the Drum. This was a short web series with young queer creatives cooking in a studio kitchen.
For the second iteration, we saw an opportunity with the Ahead of the Curve commission to create something more artistic and immersive. We followed people from our community and went into their homes and listened to their stories. We felt that this allowed for a more vulnerable approach to sharing culture and knowledge. This film is a love letter to our community, and celebrates the intersections of food, culture, queerness and creativity.
We are thankful for the support of Multicultural Arts Victoria, and appreciate the opportunity to be able to create and share the stories of our community in a way we feel they deserve. So often our stories are co-opted by a white lens, and it means so much to us that we ourselves could amplify these voices."
Presented as part of MAV’s Ahead of the Curve program.
Supported by The Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.
QPOC Multi-disciplinary Creatives
Matisse and Nisha are both QPOC multi-disciplinary creatives who share a love for food and cooking. Matisse Laida (she/they) is a 23 year old, queer, mixed race multidisciplinary creative with a cooking show and collaborative food platform @we.eatin.good.bitch. They have experience in film, theatre, event curation, writing, podcasting and radio. Her podcast Braided (Produced by Artful Dodgers Studios), has appeared on ABC and 3RRR. Matisse is currently working on a play to be shown in June, a film to be screened in August, and starred in a queer documentary for DELL X PEDESTRIAN TV. As an Afro- Mauritian and Venezuelan queer person , Matisse has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and actively ensure that all spaces she works and creates in are as culturally safe as possible. Nisha Hunter (they/she/he) is a 23 year old, queer, mixed South Asian artist based in Naarm. Their practice is an exploration of identity, informed by their queerness and cultural background. Nisha has experience as a studio - based and exhibiting artist, specialising in video, photography, textiles and installation. They have also worked in the commercial industry, allowing them to build pre and postproduction skills. Nisha has applied their artistic skills in their role as producer and director of photography for We Eatin’ Good.