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 hustle and bustle of modern life, allowing us all to experience life on a hill farm without having to get dirty!
In UK Cinemas from August 28 2015. To find the nearest screening to you please visit www.addictedtosheep.com/screenings
Addicted to Sheep held its World Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest 5-10 June 2015. Also premiered at Ashland Independent Film Festival, USA on April 8 2016 and at Doc-Cevennes, France on May 5 2016.
A 60 min TV Version of Addicted to Sheep was aired for the first time on Feb 8 2016 at 9.00pm on BBC4 and repeated on Feb 9 at 11.00pm. It has since been repeated 4 times.
Now also available on DVD here
Watch on Demand from ITunes, Amazon, Journeyman TV and Vimeo. Available globally, for more details on which territories are covered by which platform please visit our ‘Watch’ page on the Addicted to Sheep website.
In February 2017, Addicted to Sheep was shortlisted for the Royal Television Society North East and The Border Award 2016 in the Best Broadcast Factual category. Our Editor Matthew Dennis also received a commendation in the Editor Category.
In February 2016, Addicted to Sheep won the Royal Television Society North East and The Border Award 2015 in the Non Broadcast Factual category.
In October 2015, The Hutchinsons and Director/Producer Magali Pettier jointly received the Farmers Weekly Farming Champion of The Year 2015 Award sponsored by NFU (National Farmers Union).
In June 2015, Magali Pettier, Director/Producer of Addicted to Sheep was nominated for The Journal Culture Awards 2014 in the ‘Newcomer’ category for Addicted to Sheep
In June 2015, Addicted to Sheep was nominated for the Sheffield Doc/Fest Environmental Award 2015.