Tenant Farming


Addicted to Sheep – #addictedtosheep

Posted on June 5th, by admin in Portfolio. Comments Off on Addicted to Sheep – #addictedtosheep

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 »



World Premiere of Addicted to Sheep at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Posted on May 7th, by admin in Our blogs. No Comments

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 »



4-Star Film Review by David Whetstone, The Journal

Posted on March 2nd, by admin in Our blogs. No Comments

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

A 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 … Read More »



Time to Celebrate!

Posted on October 7th, by admin in Our blogs. No Comments

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/.



Our Tales from the Edit

Posted on June 13th, by admin in Our blogs. No Comments

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 »



You can still be part of our crowdfunding campaign

Posted on April 26th, by admin in Our blogs. No Comments

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 are now crowd-funding

Posted on April 9th, by admin in Our blogs. No Comments

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.