Addicted To Sheep
by Magali Pettier
10th October 2015
This is an absorbing film documentary about a tenant sheep farm based
in the North Pennines, spread over the four seasons of the year. It made
me think of the magic of real life.
What is particularly pleasing is that there is no sentimentality evoked
at all about working in the beautiful but also harsh conditions folks
have to endure in the open land, notably in the snow swept winter.
Also good to see was the total absence in Addicted To Sheep of the use
of a mobile phone or computer by any of the family, Tom and Kay Hutchinson
and their three young children.
Despite the sometimes unpleasant sights they have to view, such as the
death of a stillborn lamb, the kids all seemed to thrive in this environment.
The film sometimes had scenes based in the local school, where most of
the pupils lived on farms. Not one of them objected to living in a rural
terrain or having to get up at 7 am to help out on their farm.
It was unflinching in its depiction of the hard graft and sacrifices
made on ones time in running this type of business.
Countryfile this was not!!
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