Our first cinema ‘sneak preview’ has taken place! Thanks to our sponsor Latimer Hinks invited guests and supporters packed into the Gala Cinema in Durham.
It was an emotional night for everyone who had followed our film-making journey to the cinema screen. None more so than for the film-makers and those on screen!
Visit the Addicted to Sheep website to keep up-to-date with media coverage and if you want to blog about the film, download our free bumper media pack which includes lots of great images too. We’re posting regular feedback and news on our Addicted to Sheep twitter and facebook page too.
Enjoy this extract from a wonderfully observed 4-Star Film Review by David Whetstone, from The Journal and then follow the link to the full article.
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.
I saw this film at a special premiere on a starry winter’s night in a community centre Middleton in Teesdale, in company with many participants in the film, the schoolchildren, some alarmingly grown, lolling to watch on the floor in front of the screen. For most of the audience this was day-to-day life as they knew it; for us townies who only walk the footpaths and take pictures of the scenery it’s something remarkable, unthinkable yet in many ways enviable, above all heroic.
Read the full review on our website
The Addicted to Sheep team have been working hard to capture a flavour of the people, style and tone of our story in our cinema poster and trailer. Thanks to Matt Dennis, our talented and dedicated Editor who worked tirelessly on 62hours of footage to deliver the final 85 minute film! We really hope you enjoy watching the trailer and it makes you want to watch the final feature even more!
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Sneak previews for the community and people who featured in Addicted to Sheep took place on a cold night in the run up to Christmas in the North Pennines, where the film was shot. Both were a great success! The local community hall was full, supper was served and the atmosphere lively in anticipation.
From the laughs we could hear, it sounded like everyone enjoyed it and from reading the feedback, everyone feels we’ve done justice to tenant hill farmers and their way of life in this area. To capture that authenticity feels like a big achievement for our small team!
We’re now busy planning our first cinema sneak preview which takes place on 19 February, to coincide with the Chinese New Year. 2015 is also the Lunar Year of the Sheep! Fingers crossed it’s lucky for us all too.
We’re all feeling very proud to have completed our first feature length film. Although there’s still a lot on our ‘to do’ list to ensure Addicted to Sheep reaches audiences worldwide, the team decided to pause and celebrate!
From 62 hours of footage to the final 85 minute film it’s been a truly collaborative project. The talented team who have made this ambitious film possible have shown an extraordinary level of passion, integrity and commitment. Those who have backed the film have also shown great imagination and trust. We can’t possibly thank everyone enough for what they’ve done. Catch up on our tales from the edit newsletter.
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. Fingers crossed they like it as much as we do! It’s the first step in taking our film out to the world. We will be entering more in the weeks to come as well as arranging a ‘sneak preview’ for all those who have supported us to get to this stage. We are also working on the trailer. Exciting times, so watch this space!