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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
  • April 25, 2010 (2010-04-25) (Newport Beach Film Festival)
  • May 20, 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 [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]


  1. ^ a b Damian Carrington (16 May 2011). "Meat is murder? More like suicide, argues Planeat film". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ Sheila Dillon (6 June 2011). "Burgers and meat". BBC Radio 4. Interview with Shelley Lee Davies starts at 13 mins 40 secs 
  3. ^ a b Alok Jha (30 May 2011). "Science Weekly Podcast: Climate science, transparency and harassment". The Guardian. Interview with Shelley Lee Davies starts at 23 mins 36 secs 
  4. ^ "Planeat". World Preservation Foundation. 
  5. ^ "Newport Beach Film Festival 2010 : Planeat". 
  6. ^ Vanessa C. Stella (31 July 2012). "Planeat Inspires Us to Make Healthy Food Choices". Positive Impact Magazine. 
  7. ^ a b "Food documentary Planeat marks UK premiere with House of Commons screening". Meat Free Mondays. 20 Apr 2011. 
  8. ^ "PLANEAT - A private screening". The Smith Institute. 
  9. ^ Thought-provoking doc on the impact meat-eaters have on the planet
  10. ^ How your diet impacts on the planet – a well-meaning documentary that may contain traces of smugness
  11. ^ Planeat's lack of focus is infectious
  12. ^ A movie by true believers for true believers

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