Recipe for success

The Re Store in Northbridge is the subject of a winning documentary by filmmaker Adrian Craddock. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d411650
The Re Store in Northbridge is the subject of a winning documentary by filmmaker Adrian Craddock. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d411650

West Leederville filmmaker Adrian Craddock feels an attachment to the humble Leederville-Northbridge store.

And his nonna, Maria, even more so. She likens the store to home.

‘My nonna shopped there: she came over in the ’60s from Napoli. She used to cry every day for the first year and it was such a tough experience,’ Mr Craddock said. ‘She found such solace in Italian foods. She lived in Fremantle and didn’t have a car, so she would get on a bus from her house, a train from Fremantle to Perth and then a tram from Perth to the Northbridge Re Store, and then she would stock up on cheeses and meats and olive oil.

‘I’m sure there was a 60s equivalent to Coles near her house, but it would have been selling Australian food that didn’t fill that hole for her ” it’s interesting to see the emotional connection so many people have with this store.’

The shop, its customers ” including Maria ” and rich history dating back to the 30s is the focus of Mr Craddock’s new debut documentary Spaghetti in the Suburbs (free screening in February at Hyde Park). It is one of three winning films produced for the 2013 City of Vincent film project.

‘I’ve always been fascinated by really small stories done on a grand scale.

‘Before I did this project, I was really inspired by an American documentary about this one guy who created sculptures out of peach seeds,’ Mr Craddock said.

‘The Re Store founder, John Re of Italian descent, went out on his own and started a massive dynasty that began with this one little coffee shop in Northbridge. The story I always come back to is that he pawned his wife’s engagement ring to secure some funds to get the store up and running.’