Life of restaurant dishwashers explored in NFB production
A new production from the National Film Board of Canada takes a look at what life is like for the dishwashers who work behind the scenes at every restaurant, ensuring diners get their meals.
The NFB launched the Bubble Dancers: Life in the Dish Pit interactive on their website on Saturday.
The production was filmed at a number of restaurants in St. John's.
Mark Hoffe, writer and creative director of the project, said he pulled inspiration for the piece from his years of experience working as a dishwasher at restaurants.
People don't think about that position when they're in a restaurant I don't think, so we wanted to put that to the foreground,- Mark Hoffe, writer and creative director of Bubble Dancers
"It was always interesting to observe how dishwashers come from many areas of life. A lot of them are artists or they have different dreams and aspirations," said Hoffe.
"They're not represented very much, people don't think about that position when they're in a restaurant I don't think, so we wanted to put that to the foreground and kind of battle some of the stereotypes I think that people have about dishwashers and those kinds of jobs in general."
Brad Gover, one of the producers, said the term bubble dancer is old army slang for dishwashers.
Gover, who also worked as a dishwasher for years, said it's not uncommon for people working as dishwashers to work their way up in the restaurant business.
"I've worked in restaurants where they actually have all the staff take a shift in the dish pit to understand what they go through and give them a little bit of respect that they deserve."
Jon Montes, with the NFB, said this project is a collection of stories that people from across the globe, as well as locally in Newfoundland and Labrador, will be able to relate to.
"Even though the project has a real global reach, I think that the best projects interactive are really kind of rooted in something local, and that's what I think really comes across well in Bubble Dancers," said Montes.
You can check out the full project on the NFB website.