Critically acclaimed feature documentary Addicted to Sheep, made by North East based Provenance Films, will be released in UK cinemas following a London Premiere on Friday 28 August at Picturehouse Central.
Backed with development funding from Northern Film and Media, Addicted to Sheep took five years to bring from concept to screen. The feature debut of director Magali Pettier, Addicted to Sheep became an instant sell-out hit at Sheffield Doc/Fest after its World Premiere there this summer. The film is an intimate portrait of long, hard work in all weathers, everyday life and total commitment for a hill-farming family. It depicts the lives of devoted North Pennines tenant farmers Tom and Kay Hutchinson, as they spend their days looking after their flock of prized Swaledale sheep, hoping that this will be the year they will breed the perfect one.
Director/Producer Magali Pettier, who herself is 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. As the seasons change the couple help birth, groom, nurture and sell their sheep – even when the odds often seems stacked against them.
Pettier single-handedly shot and directed the indie film, working alongside producer Jan Cawood of Tin Man Films and editor Matt Dennis to develop more than 60 hours of footage into a feature-length film. The film was also completed with the input of a top team including sound expert Chris Watson and composer James Burrell. The production has spanned more than four years and the post-production was completed with the help of international crowd funding. Addicted to Sheep has struck a chord with farming, countryside and documentary fans around the world.
In his 4-star review of Addicted to Sheep in Empire David Parkinson said: “This intimate, but unflinching account of the travails of a North Pennine farming family captures the beauty of the changing seasons, while deftly conveying the graft involved in rearing sheep and cattle and the grimier realities of the rural economy.”
Chair of Sheffield Doc/Fest Alex Graham added: “Addicted to Sheep is the kind of film - simple, humane, authentic, passionate, profound - which just makes me glad Sheffield Doc/Fest exists”.
Director/producer Magali Pettier said: “Addicted to Sheep has been a labour of love for our team and I’m delighted with the recognition of our work.” Producer Jan Cawood of Tin Man Films added: "We’ve been blown away by the level of interest and positive feedback for Addicted to Sheep. Gaining critical and audience success means we’re confident there’s a big future for our film.”
Pettier will be taking part in Q&As at a variety of screenings around the country. These include:
For all the lateset information on the film as well as complete list of screenings, please visit the film's website. more information list of locations of where you can watch Addicted to Sheep please click here