How To Re-Establish A Vodka Empire review

A likeable, booze-soaked doc

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Writer/Director Daniel Edelstyn makes an affable debut with this personal doc chronicling the unexpected, vodka-flavoured turn his life took after he discovered his gran’s journals.

Fixated on his ancestors’ titular empire, he heads to their now-defunct Ukrainian distillery, taking it on himself to re-launch the vodka, despite lacking business nous.

Edelstyn’s a likeable presence, but he isn’t built for voiceover, leaning on it unnecessarily to frame events, which distracts from what’s otherwise a compelling and unique story.

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Emma Didbin is a writer and journalist who has contributed to GamesRadar+, The New York Times, Elle, Esquire, The Hollywood Reporter, Vulture, and more. Emma can currently be found in Los Angeles where she is pursuing a career in TV writing. Emma has also penned two novels, and somehow finds the time to write scripts for Parcast – the Spotify-owned network that creates thrilling true crime and mystery podcasts.