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Addicted to Sheep

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Tenant sheep farmers in the Upper Teesdale, perhaps doesn’t sound like an instant cinema hit, but this film charms and gives wry smiles throughout.

Set in a full year, you get a full sense of the season, from the sheep in the snow, to high summer – the bitter-sweet Spring bringing both new lambs (livestock) and also difficult births and dead-stock.

It was perhaps the Hutchinson children who really steal the show; the son, a primary schooler, unabashedly talking about the tupping of sheep. The depth of understanding of wanting the perfect blood line brings real joy, when we live in age where the average age of a farmer is retirement age.

Hetty his sister, with a frown, asks why the cows can’t pick up their own mess. But this film isn’t saccharine;it’s beautifully shot and gives a real sense of the literal life and death that occurs on the farm near daily.

If you watch one film about food and farming this month, make sure it’s Addicted to Sheep. We’ll be watching it again.



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