Directed by Or Shlomi
Shelley Lee Davies
Produced by Or Shlomi
Shelley Lee Davies
Christopher Hird
Written by Or Shlomi
Shelley Lee Davies
Starring T. Colin Campbell
Caldwell Esselstyn
Gidon Eshel
Peter Singer
Music by Ernie Wood
Edited by Or Shlomi
Shelley Lee Davies
Distributed by Studio At 58
Release dates
  • 25 April 2010 (2010-04-25) (Newport Beach Film Festival)
  • 20 May 2011 (2011-05-20) (United Kingdom)
Running time
72 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Planeat is a 2010 British documentary film by Or Shlomi and Shelley Lee Davies.[1][2] The film discusses the possible nutritional and environmental benefits of adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet based on the research of T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn and Gidon Eshel.[1][3] The film also features the views of Peter Singer.[4]

According to Shelley Lee Davies, the film purposely does not cover any purported animal welfare arguments for adopting a plant-based (vegan) diet, but concentrates on the health and environmental reasons instead.[3]

Planeat premiered at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival.[5] It released theatrically in the United States in April 2011 and the United Kingdom in May 2011.[6][7] The film was privately screened by the film's directors and Willie Bain MP at Somerset House in March 2011 and in the House of Commons in May 2011.[7][8]

Critical reception

Jamie Russell of Total Film called it "Forceful stuff, though we can take or leave the kale sandwiches."[9]

Cath Clarke of The Guardian gave the movie 2 stars out of 5 and, speaking as a vegetarian convert, speculated on her reasons for disliking the film: "Maybe it's the tippy-toe, softly-softly tone, sprinkling inspiration between the science, with visits to boutique organic farms and kooky vegan cupcake bakeries. Possibly it ought to come with a warning: contains traces of smugness."[10]

Charlotte O'Sullivan of the London Evening Standard writes, "PlanEat is on a serious mission but its lack of focus is infectious. My big question as the credits rolled: why are so many vegan chefs covered in tattoos?"[11]

Christopher Long of Movie Metropolis gave the movie a 5 out of 10 saying, "a movie by true believers for true believers, and I am not one."[12]


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