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)

Good family fun film

Great feedback for the film last night - enjoyed by both farming and non-farming members of the audience. At times the harsh reality of upland farming is hard to watch, but nevertheless a well filmed and sensitive portrayal of a family trying to make a living in a difficult environment. The children, as always, were very honest and knowledgeable. A round of applause at the end!!

Audience comments: 'Delightful', 'that was different', ' slice of our island life', 'beautiful to watch'.

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