Toast is the ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960’s Britain.

Based on the heart-wrenching bittersweet story of food writer Nigel Slater’s childhood, Toast is a delicious retrieval of the tastes and smells that a young boy associates with his journey into adulthood.

Joan: Helen Bonham Carter
Nigel: Freddie Highmore
Dad: Ken Stott


SJ Clarkson, who is best known for directing Life on Mars and most recently Heroes, is directing from a script by Billy Elliot scribe Lee Hall.

Supporting cast include Victoria Hamilton as Mum, Matthew McNulty (Control, Looking for Eric) as Josh, Ben Aldridge (Channel 4’s The Devil’s Whore, BBC’s Lark Rise to Candleford) as Stuart, and newcomer Oscar Kennedy as Young Nigel.

The book Toast has so far sold a quarter of a million copies. It was also the winner of six literary awards, including the National Book Awards British Biography of the Year.

Location & Resources

Filming for the production took place on location throughout Birmingham and the West Midlands, including the Black Country Museum in Dudley, and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham.


Line Producer Eugenio Perez said, "Film Birmingham were incredibly helpful in making Toast run as smoothly as possible in Birmingham. With Sindy Campbell's invaluable support we were able to access all our unit bases and locations with incredible ease. I would highly recommend filming in Birmingham in the future."

Andrew Cooke, Location Manager, said, "Birmingham has some fantastic locations … and I now know it has a fantastic Film Office to match."