Addicted to Sheep (PG)

Director Magali Pettier. Documentary

In the North Pennines, tenant farmers Tom and Kay spend their days looking after their flock of prized sheep, and hoping that this will be the year they breed the perfect one. Director Magali Pettier, herself a farmer’s daughter, follows a year in their lives, capturing both the stark, stunning beauty of the landscape, and the brutally hard graft it takes just to survive. Their three children are growing up close to the land, attending a school entirely comprised of farmers’ children, thoroughly immersed in their remote rural world. As the seasons change the couple help birth, groom, nurture and sell their sheep – even when the odds often seems stacked against them. A treat for the senses, Addicted to Sheep allows us to experience life on a hill farm – without having to get mucked in ourselves.

Starring Kay Hutchinson, Tom Hutchinson, Esme Hutchinson, Jack Hutchinson, Hetty Hutchinson

Flicks Advisor (comments from our film promoters)

Difficult to comment on - it's a documentary so no real story line - but a carefully observed view of a hill farmer's year. Photography is good, with the impressive Dales as a backdrop to many shots.

A refreshing look at life on a tenant farm with very little security for the future other than their belief in what they are doing and how they are doing it. The children are a delight.

Thoroughly enjoyed by all with a round of applause at the end.

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