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Addicted to Sheep has made it in Radio Times Magazine this week! The double page spread features an exclusive interview with The Hutchinson by Brian Viner who wrote a 4-star review of Addicted to Sheep for Daily Mail last year (Reviews here http://www.addictedtosheep.com/reviews-3/). See below samples of this week’s feature! You might want to get a copy this week!

The 60 min TV version will be shown for the first time on Monday 8th February at 9.00pm on BBC Four and for those of you who like a late night it will be repeated on Tuesday 9th February at 11.00pm on BBC Four too!

If you missed Countryfile’s ‘Winter Special’ last Sunday in which Addicted to Sheep features you can catch up here.

The Hutchinson who feature in Addicted to Sheep and myself had the pleasure to be filming together one more time at the farm. But this time it was by a team from the BBC for a ‘Winter Special’ for BBC Countryfile. The Hutchinsons who spoke to Matt Baker about their passion for sheep, the challenges they face as hill farmers in the winter and their motive for letting Magali Pettier film their lives will feature in the programme in a 6 min piece on Sunday 31st January from 7.00pm. Some clips of Addicted to Sheep will also be included in the programme. Help us spread the word!

And more good news, over the last few months we have been working with BBC4 to make a 60 min TV version based on our 85 min cinema version. We are now pleased to say that the 60 min version has been signed off and that it will be broadcast for the first time on BBC4 on the 8th of February at 9.00pm and will be repeated on Tuesday 9th of February at 11.00pm. Although it was hard to cut 25 min from our ‘labor of love’ we think that the 60 minute BBC TV cut retains the essential elements of the original allowing us all to experience life on a hill farm without having to get dirty!

To see more pictures from our day of filming with Countryfile visit http://www.addictedtosheep.com/bbc-countryfile-and-bbc4-tv-version/

I am pleased to say that Addicted to Sheep is now available on DVD which includes extra scenes as well as a little surprise inside the box! You can buy it from the film’s online shop here. And that’s not all, on the shop you can also get a little memento of the film as we sell mugs, bags, film posters and even some handmade needle felted sheep!

To keep up to date with the film’s distribution plan you can sign up to our occasional newsletter here!

Over 180 screenings, 28 Q&As and 70 venues, from London to the Isle of Lewis we have been very busy with Addicted to Sheep. Our 85 min film has been extremely well received since the start of its UK cinema release on August 28 2015 and we couldn’t be happier.

For more details and photographs about the tour please visit our latest blog on the film’s website here.

 

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We are delighted to announce that Addicted to Sheep, a labour of love for our team, will be released in UK cinemas and celebrate its London Premiere on Friday 28th August at Picturehouse Central on Shaftesbury Avenue!

It’s rare for independent films to get a theatrical release, even rarer for a documentary! We are proud to be presenting our film with prestigious partners who really care about indie films including Picturehouse CinemasTyneside CinemaBertha DocHouse many others.

The film will have a 7 day run at Picturehouse Central in London and it doesn’t stop there! Addicted to Sheep will also be shown at a number of cinemas across London and around the country at one-off Q&A screenings.

Thanks to the Hutchinson family all those involved in the making of Addicted to Sheep, it feels like a real achievement to now be able to share the film with a wide audience to show a world difficult to witness up close, especially given the current headlines about the issues farmers are facing.

For more information about the release, you can read our newsletter here http://eepurl.com/bwiDoj and to see where the film will be screened please visit http://www.addictedtosheep.com/screenings/. New screenings will be added as they are booked! So far we have 26 screenings booked and a 7-day run at Picturehouse House Central in London.

If you can’t see a screening near you, community and educational screenings are available. Please visit http://www.addictedtosheep.com/screenings/community-educational-screenings/ for more info.

EXCITING NEWS! We’re delighted and also a little bit humbled to have been selected to screen Addicted to Sheep at Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals. Having the backing of Sheffield Doc/Fest for our Festival World Premiere is a real honour and with over 3,000 industry delegates from around the world and 26,000 public audiences from across the UK it’s also a great launch-pad for the film! For more details please read our blog here http://www.addictedtosheep.com/world-premiere-of-addicted-to-sheep-at-sheffield-docfest/

 

Watch what we have been up to on Addicted to Sheep’s website. Some precious moments filming on location!

 

On Feb 19 2015, it was the first cinema preview of Addicted to Sheep at The Gala in Durham which coincided with The Chines New Year of the Sheep!

I spoke to Presenter Ewan Allinson from Radio Teesdale about the process of making Addicted to Sheep.

Listen to the interview here

We have also recently featured in BBC Cumbria and The Journal amongst others. For more info, please visit our Media page on the Addicted to Sheep’s website.

Radio Teesdale Addicted to Sheep Interview

 

On Feb 19, we held the first cinema preview of Addicted to Sheep at The Gala in Durham, which coincided with The Chinese New Year celebrations. And this is year it’s The Year of the Sheep, a good omen for our film!

We had the pleasure to have the journalist David Whetstone in the audience who wrote a 4-star review and we were delighted! You can read it below! To find out more about the preview, visit our Facebook page here.

A documentary about tenant sheep farmers in Upper Teesdale could be an unlikely hit at film festivals this summer

Sheep on BailA scene from Addicted to Sheep

The Oscars will be doled out in Hollywood this weekend, rewarding the best cinema releases of 2014, but it’s a fair bet none of the judges will have seen a film like Addicted to Sheep.

The feature-length documentary charting a year in the life of the Hutchinson family, hill farmers in Upper Teesdale, had its first cinema screening this week at the Gala in Durham with many who appear in the film seeing it for the first time.

The film shows the beautiful sights and sounds of this upland landscape through the seasons while taking the viewer uncomfortably close to a lot of muck and slop – things the farmers live with every day.

French director Magali Pettier, who grew up on a farm, originally planned to contrast English and French farming families. As she explained in Durham, “financial reasons and time” meant she had to revise her plans, focusing instead on the County Durham family recommended to her by Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services.

You sense she recognised the Hutchinsons as cinema gold. In the end she spent four years with Tom, Kay and their three children, Jack, Esme and Hetty, who are now aged 13, 12 and 11 respectively. They are the stars of this film, a close and loving family whose daily routine would make most of us shiver.

We see them up and out in all weathers and at the crack of dawn. We laugh as Hetty – a much younger Hetty – struggles to close barn doors and, as a tethered cow does what cows do, murmurs mournfully that she wishes they’d pick up their own mess.

Read the full review here

To find out about our release plans, please sign us for occasional newsletters on Addicted to Sheep’s website here.

In the last few weeks, we have watched Addicted to Sheep on many screens (TV, desktop computers, laptops…) and each time it feels like a different experience.

 Cinema Addicted to Sheep

For our final test before we said ‘that’s it we are happy with the sound mix and the colour grading’ we watched it on a Cinema screen.

Cinema Addicted to Sheep

The technician did all the set-up for us to make sure we got the screening format right and the sound levels spot on.

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After 4 years of hard work, it felt like the first time we could really sit back and relax, and enjoy taking in the scenery, appreciate the sounds and music.

 Cinema Addicted to Sheep

We have watched it many times, but this time it felt like we were all enjoying watching the completed film as viewers. Secretly, we all had a little tear in our eye!

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We have now entered a few high profile film festivals. Fingers crossed they like it as much as we do! It’s the first step to taking our film out to the world. We have a few busy weeks ahead of us! As well as cutting a new trailer, we will be applying to more festivals as well as arranging a ‘sneak preview’ for all those who have supported us to get to this stage. Very exciting times ahead! Watch this space!