Saturday, 29 December 2012

The Moo Man (film)

I first heard about the intriguingly titled film, The Moo Man, on Facebook as a huge announcement was being made. The guys behind the project were understandably very excited as they had just discovered they had been selected to compete in the World Cinema Documentary category at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah - that's THE Sundance Film Festival! They wrote, "It's official! Absolutely, unbelievably amazing. Our little film is having its world premiere at the biggest independent film festival in the whole world."

The Moo Man tells the remarkable story of maverick dairy farmer Stephen Hook who attempted to save his family farm by rejecting the demands of the supermarket chains and, instead, returned to small-scale farming, sustainable and organic methods, and respect for the animals in his herd. Unfortunately, the fifty-five spirited cows didn't always seem willing to follow the plan. The resulting documentary was made by Andy Heathcote of Trufflepig Films and filmed on the Pevensey Levels marshes. Andy believes in 'slow food' filming so Moo Man has taken a lengthy four years to get to the screen!

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