Addicted to Sheep
Christmas is fast approaching and we can help you find the perfect present! We now have a limited edition of Addicted to Sheep T-Shirts which can only be purchased from our website here. They come in size S, M, L, XL and XXL but we only have a limited number for each! We also have 2 gift packs available at a reduced price and of course individual items such as DVDs, mugs, tote bags, cinema posters as well as needle felted miniature sheep made by Julia Knott. Please visit our online shop here. If you have any questions please do get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
As we know that all our American and Canadian followers have been desperately waiting to see it on DVD but up to now we have only been able to produce PAL versions of the DVDs which … Read More »
Some of you will already know that earlier this year Forest-of-Teesdale School which featured in Addicted to Sheep was threatened to be closed by Durham County Council as it was seen as not being viable. It was sad news for the children, the parents and the community on a whole. We made some clips from the film available for them to use and show the benefits of having a small school in a rural area both for the children and the community. We are now delighted to say that after a lot of hard work from the School Board, the parents, the community and all of you who have signed a petition and showed your support Durham County Council decided to keep it open for now and for a lot longer we hope. Great news and a relief for everyone involved.
Artists, … Read More »
We are buzzing! We are pleased to say that Addicted to Sheep has been translated and subtitled in french. And for the first time it will be shown to a french audience at the International Documentary Festival DOC-Cévennes in Lasalle on the 5th of May at 2.00pm.
Director/Producer Magali Pettier will make the journey from Northern England to the South of France and will take part in the Q&A session after the screening.
To read more about Addicted to Sheep in french please visit the festival’s online catalogue here, page 14. Tickets will be available to purchase at the festival from Wednesday 4th of May. For more details please visit page 60 on their online catalogue. We hope you can join us!
EXCITING NEWS! We are so pleased to announce that Addicted to Sheep has been selected to screen at Ashland Independent Film Festival, in Oregon (USA), one of the coolest film festivals in the world according to MovieMaker!
We are looking forward to participating in this lively and vibrant festival that attracts over 7,000 film lovers in this historic town the Washington Post called “a dream you’ll never want to leave”. We hope this is the launchpad for the long awaited release of the film onto the North American market. For those of you who live on the Western seaboard this is an opportunity not to be missed to see it on the big screen. The festival runs from the 7th to 11th of April and Addicted to Sheep will be screened on Friday 8th of April at 3.30pm local time at The Historic … Read More »
We attended The Royal Television Society North East & The Border Awards 2015 last weekend. We are pleased to say we were presented with the RTS North East & The Border Award 2015 for the cinema version of Addicted to Sheep! A great accolade and reward for everyone involved in making the film. To see more pictures please visit the film’s website here.
The Hutchinsons who feature in Addicted to Sheep and Director Magali Pettier 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 … Read More »
We are 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 our online shop here. And that’s not all, on our 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!
We are also working on online distribution and looking into distributing the film in other countries. To keep up to date with our distribution plan you can sign up to our occasional newsletter here!
We are delighted to announce that Addicted to Sheep, our first feature-length documentary, will be released in UK cinemas and celebrate its London Premiere on Friday 28th August at Picturehouse Central on Shaftesbury Avenue!
We are proud to be presenting our film with prestigious partners who really care about indie films including Picturehouse Cinemas, Tyneside Cinema, Bertha 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 and 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 … Read More »
Set in the North Pennines, Addicted to Sheep is an intimate portrait of a year in the life of tenant hill farmers Tom and Kay Hutchinson as they try to breed the perfect sheep.
Through the rain, shine, sleet and snow we see them toil away against the stunning landscapes of North East England and witness the hard work 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. While the odds often seem stacked against them, the film conveys the importance of a balanced family life and the good humour that binds this tight knit community together.
Beautifully observed, this heartwarming film provides an insight into the past, present and future of a way of life far removed from the high-tech … Read More »
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 25,000 public audiences from across the UK it’s also a great launch-pad for the film!
Described by Indiewire as the ‘Cannes for documentary people’ Sheffield International Film Festival is one of the top three documentary festivals and markets in the world. It takes place June 5-10 2015 and brings together the documentary family to celebrate the art and business of documentary for six action-packed days.
Having our World Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest is a massive boost to our small team as it will allow more people to see and talk about Addicted to Sheep at the start … Read More »
On Feb 19 2015, it was the first cinema preview of Addicted to Sheep at The Gala in Durham. The Director of Provenance Films, Magali Pettier, 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.
We still can’t believe that we have completed the 85 minutes version of Addicted to Sheep. We still have a lot of things to do in order to take the film to audiences but the team thought that before we continue on our journey, it was time for celebration! We are a happy bunch!
If you haven’t read our latest Addicted to Sheep’s newsletter about our plans for the future you can read it here http://eepurl.com/3TOZv. If you would like to make sure you receive it directly to your email address you can sign up on the film’s homepage http://www.addictedtosheep.com/.
In the last four years there have been lots of twists and turns but thanks to our great team and all of you who supported us, The Addicted to Sheep Team is now proud to say WE HAVE DONE IT! and announce that we have officially completed our first indie documentary Addicted to Sheep.
However, it doesn’t stop here. In fact, some would say it all starts now!
We have already started to enter the film into film festivals across the globe and will enter more in the weeks to come. We are now working on our new trailer. It’s looking great so far and is funny and full of engaging characters but still some work to do. We hope it’ll make everyone want to watch the film!
We are also in the process of organising a ‘sneak preview’ for the people involved in … Read More »
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.
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.
The technician did all the set-up for us to make sure we got the screening format right and the sound levels spot on.
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.
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!
We have now entered a few high profile film festivals. … Read More »
As you may already know we are now in post-production with our first independent documentary film Addicted to Sheep. We are nearly there! If you would like to be part of our journey and learn a little bit about our thought processing behind the making of the film, please read our weekly blogs ‘Tales from the Edit’. Every week, you will learn more about filmmaking and the work that goes into making an 80- minute documentary. Amongst some of the great things we have been doing, we have worked with Chris Watson, one of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena and James Burrell, a London based composer, songwriter and music producer, specialising in children’s television, feature documentary films and the development of recording artists. Feel free to get in touch if you would like more information about our film … Read More »
It’s a great feeling. We’ve reached our goal. And now, with a wave of goodwill towards our film, and the edit in front of us, will you please help us imagine an even more successful campaign? If you wanted to be part of it but haven’t had the chance to yet, you still can!
Post-production isn’t the final step in making a film. After the film is made, there are still festival submissions to pay for, legal, distribution and promotional costs to name but a few. Our post-production budget was small and largely based on a lot of good will from our small team who have all put their heart and soul into the film. If we can achieve a higher goal in this campaign right now, that just means a finished film without seeking out other funds further down the … Read More »
We set out to raise £7K to complete our first indie feature-length documentary, Addicted to Sheep 2 weeks ago. With a three week campaign in mind, all from our own website to minimise admin fees, it’s been a steep learning curve, fun and frantic at times. We’re now moving into the final week and have learnt a lot! It’s about building an audience as much as raising the funds. Reaching out and raising awareness. Listening too.
There’s still time to be part of this very special film. Find out how you can be involved by visiting our donate page
4 years in the making, we’ve achieved more than we ever thought possible, but we now need your HELP to finish the film………………….. Please Watch, Pledge and Share
Find out what motivates a farmer’s daughter from Brittany to spend 18 months filming in all weathers high up in the North Pennines. We warmly invite you to hear more about the Director’s very personal film-making journey in this short message from Magali Pettier. We think you will like it.
For more information about our crowd-funding campaign, you can read our Newsletter: We invite you to be part of something special here.
We’ve been very busy co-producing our first indie feature length documentary and are now starting to let people know a little bit more about it while we are in post-production.
Directed and filmed by one of our film directors Magali Pettier, it’s been a labour of love and the rest of the team has gradually become hooked, as the title suggests. It’s a beautifully shot, heart warming film that allows you to view a world you don’t normally get to see up close.
Addicted to Sheep is an intimate portrait of a year in the life of a tenant farming family who live 1300 feet above sea level in Upper Teesdale. Nothing about their lives seems easy, but with passion and dedication Tom, Kay and their 3 young children (Jack, Esme and Hetty) aspire to succeed in this beautiful, but also harsh … Read More »