Thanks for all your good luck wishes for the World Premiere of Addicted to Sheep at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015. Our two jam packed screenings were a huge success!
So much so that Addicted to Sheep was selected as one of the official ‘festival hits’ and a third and final screening took place on the last night. Everyone we have spoken to has really loved the film so that’s all we could wish for.
We even met with 2 lovely people who flew in specially from Canada for the premiere!
Enjoy some of our first reviews
The Chair of Sheffield Doc/Fest Alex Graham tweeted after viewing
“Addicted to Sheep is the kind of film – simple, humane, authentic, passionate, profound – which just makes me glad Sheffield Doc/Fest exists”.
The Guardian Journalist Tom Levitt tweeted: Addicted to Sheep “reminding us that farming should never be just about genetics & margins”.
“It has more in common with the works of Nicholas Phillibert and Frederick Wiseman than first appears…. there is a joy and an appreciation to this film that many others with far more production heft can only dream of.” Read the Flickfeast Addicted to Sheep film review
“One of the big hits of the festival was ‘Addicted to Sheep’… Their attempts to breed the perfect sheep, make for a beautiful, often laugh-out-loud funny film, and I urge you to see it when it gets a theatrical release.” Read Exposed Magazine Addicted to Sheep film review
“I just loved it. Beautifully observed, warm, gently funny”. Louise Osmond, Director of Dark Horse, audience winner at Sundance Film Festival.
Our 24 hour tour with the sheep has also been a success thanks to Julia Knott who created the sheep from the wool of the Hutchinson flock. Here are a few pictures of our adventure!
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EXCITING NEWS! We’re delighted and also a little bit humbled to have been selected to screen Addicted to Sheep at Sheff Doc/Fest, one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals. Having the backing of Sheff Doc/Fest for our Festival World Premiere is a real honour and with over 3,000 industry delegates from around the world and 26,000 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 Sheff 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 of what we hope will be a long and successful journey.
Whilst the Producers Magali Pettier and Jan Cawood celebrated with a nice cup of tea!
Tickets to screenings at Sheff Doc/Fest
Tickets are now available to purchase for screenings of Addicted to Sheep in June. Visit the Sheffield Doc/Fest website to find out more.
SAT 6 JUNE, 12.30pm, SHOWROOM CINEMA, SCREEN 3
TUE 9 JUNE, 6.00pm, SHOWROOM CINEMA, SCREEN 4
To book click here
Our special prize draw!
We’re also offering ONE FREE PAIR OF TICKETS for a lucky winner to join us for the World Premiere screening where you’ll also have the opportunity to meet those in front of and behind the camera. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting ‘Sheffield ticket draw’ by 12 noon Friday 22 May to be in with a chance. Winners will be notified by email and published on social media the following day.
Follow our journey We’ll also be sharing behind the scenes news so please visit the Addicted to Sheep website and register for regular updates and to keep up-to-date with media coverage. If you want to blog about the film, please download our free bumper media pack which includes lots of great images too. We’re also posting regular feedback and behind the scenes news on our Addicted to Sheep twitter and facebook page so you can follow us there too.
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!
Visit our website to view the trailer and sign up for our newsletter to find out more about our release plans.
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.