Addicted to Sheep premieres in France!

We have had an avalanche of good news since the World Premiere of Addicted to Sheep at Sheffield Doc/Fest less than a year ago in June 2015. And we have more good news! Our 85 min film will hold its French Premiere at DOC-Cévennes International Documentary Festival in the south of France on 5th of May at 2.00pm at La Filature du Pont-de-Fer in Lasalle. The festival’s team has, for the last 2 months, been working hard to translate the film into french and subtitle it in time for the premiere so that we can share our story from the North Pennines with our french neighbours.

We hope this will lead to more screenings in France and the film to be released on DVD in french in the near future! If you have friends or family who live in The Cévennes please help us spread the word and let them know about our screening on 5th of May at 2.00pm local time. The festival runs from 29th of April to 3rd of May in five towns across The Cévennes and from 4th of May to 7th of May all screenings will take place in Lasalle.

Director Magali Pettier will make the journey from Northern England to the South of France by car with our life-size needle felted sheep (hopefully they go through Customs!) and will take part in the Q&A session after the screening.

To read more about Addicted to Sheep in french please visit the festival’s online catalogue here, page 14. Tickets will be available to purchase at the festival from Wednesday 4th of May. For more details please visit page 60 on their online catalogue. We hope you can join us!

Over 400 people at American Premiere in Ashland, Oregon

We had a really great time at Ashland Independent Film Festival, Oregon. The travel went smoothly apart from one lost suitcase which had our sheep in, but all was well in the end and they were brought back to us the following day! Joys of travelling! Freshly off the plane, we were warmly welcome by both staff and volunteers at the festival and were interviewed live by Television Reporter at KDRV NewsWatch 12 to talk about Addicted to Sheep’s screening and our miniature sheep which local businesses The Web-sters, Ashland Springs Hotel and Bloomsbury Bookshop kindly offered to host in their shop windows during the festival. And of course a big Thank You to Julia Knott from F’git-me-knott Designs who made an extra bigger set of sheep which we could put in our luggage!

Websters ATS2

On the 8th of April, over 400 people, festival goers, wool lovers and farmers came to the Q&A screening. We were a bit nervous but relaxed when people started to laugh in the right places! Following the Q&A we had great feedback. People commented on the the authenticity of the film and the fact that the children stole the show! A lovely man who is from Halifax, England but has lived in Oregon for a long time was very touched by the memories the film brought back and even had some tears in his eyes. It was a very touching moment for us all. We did have a few people suggesting we add subtitles though if we are to take the film further to the American market so watch this space! We’ll keep working on ways to get the film shown more widely and hopefully released in the NTSC format and online. Overall we’d say it was a great success!

ATS Screening April 8 2016 Audience

MovieMaker once wrote that Ashland Independent Film Festival is one of the coolest festival in the world. We agree!

Thanks to all of you who have supported us ahead of the American Premiere and to Rogue Creamery who sponsored the screening and to all other sponsors and supporters including our hosts without whom it couldn’t have happened. From the beginning to the end we had a very memorable time.

After the festival, we visited a few places in Oregon. We couldn’t resist having traveled 26 hours and took 3 flights. From Redwood Forests (border with California) to a scenic drive along the Oregon Coast, it was simply majestic. Such a beautiful place to live in and it was warm and sunny most of the time, also a nice change from England! We learnt a lot about the American culture during our trip and thought we’d share a few photos of the screenings and the places we visited while in Oregon! Now we are back at work and recovering from Jet Lag!

ATS Screening April 9 2016 LR


North American Premiere of Addicted to Sheep

EXCITING NEWS! We are so pleased to announce that Addicted to Sheep has been selected to screen at Ashland Independent Film Festival, in Oregon (USA), one of the coolest film festivals in the world according to MovieMaker!

Ashland Independent Film Festival was the first festival to recognise the quality of the film and contacted us in February last year but we were unable to accept their invitation as we were awaiting the decision from Sheffield Doc/Fest which we considered to be a bigger and more local platform which we could better support. However, we promised to enter the film for the 2016 festival knowing there was no guarantee we’d be selected again and lo and behold we were selected and we are looking forward to participating in this lively and vibrant festival that attracts over 7,000 film lovers in this historic town the Washington Post called “a dream you’ll never want to leave”. We hope this is the launchpad for the long awaited release of the film onto the North American market. For those of you who live on the Western seaboard this is an opportunity not to be missed to see it on the big screen. The festival runs from the 7th to 11th of April and Addicted to Sheep will be screened on Friday 8th of April at 3.30pm local time at The Historic Ashland Armory.

It’s a long way from home but Director Magali Pettier will make the journey from Northern England to Ashland and will take part in the Q&A session after the screening. So please come and say hello if you can join us on this very special occasion. We won’t be able to bring our life size sheep with us for obvious reasons but some miniature ones might join us on our travels!

Tickets to screening and Special Prize Draw

Tickets can be booked from the 22nd of March for Festival Members and from the 27th of March for the General Public. For more information please visit the festival’s website here. You can also visit our International Screenings page here.

We are also offering ONE FREE PAIR OF TICKETS for a lucky winner to join us for the North American Premiere screening where you’ll also have the opportunity to meet Director/Producer Magali Pettier. Just email quoting ‘Ashland Ticket Draw’ by 12.00 noon GMT Wednesday 23 March to be in with a chance. Winners will be notified by email and published on social media the following day unless you ask us otherwise. Please share with your family and friends!

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Addicted to Sheep wins RTS Awards North East & Border 2015

We attended The Royal Television Society North East & The Border Awards 2015 last weekend on Feb 27 2016. We found out at the event Addicted to Sheep was shortlisted and were already really happy. But to top it up we are pleased to say we were presented with the RTS North East & The Border Awards 2015 for the cinema version of Addicted to Sheep! A great accolade and reward for everyone involved in making the film. And a big Thank You goes to The Hutchinsons who let us share their lives with the world. It was great to see Jack talking about tups on the big screen and hear 400 people laugh. A great feeling. Thank you Jack!

RTS Awards 2016 ATS Team with Teesside Uni

To read more about the awards visit the RTS North East & Border website here.



Mark Kermode reviews Addicted to Sheep in “Kermode Uncut: The Big Sheep”

In the last month, we have had a lot of good news. First, we released the DVD of Addicted to Sheep, then we featured in BBC Countryfile‘s “Winter Special”, followed by BBC4 confirming the Transmission date of our 60 min TV version on Feb 8 at 9.00pm and Feb 9 at 11.00pm. And this week we were proud to see the film and The Hutchinson feature on a double spread page in Radio Times.We thought it couldn’t get any better but today we have more good news. Film Critic Mark Kermode chose to review Addicted to Sheep in his blog ‘Kermode Uncut: The Big Sheep’. The week keeps getting better!

Watch Mark Kermode’s blog here.

Kermode Uncut

We feature in Radio Times!

Addicted to Sheep has made it in Radio Times Magazine this week! The double page spread features an exclusive interview with The Hutchinson by Brian Viner who wrote a 4-star review of Addicted to Sheep for Daily Mail last year (Reviews here See below samples of this week’s feature! You might want to get a copy this week!

The 60 min TV version will be shown for the first time on Monday 8th February at 9.00pm on BBC Four and for those of you who like a late night it will be repeated on Tuesday 9th February at 11.00pm on BBC Four too!

If you missed Countryfile’s ‘Winter Special’ last Sunday in which Addicted to Sheep features you can catch up here.






BBC Countryfile and BBC4 TV Version

A couple of weeks ago, The Hutchinsons who feature in Addicted to Sheep and Director Magali Pettier had the pleasure to be filming together one more time at the farm. But this time it was by a team from the BBC for a ‘Winter Special’ for BBC Countryfile. The Hutchinsons who spoke to Matt Baker about their passion for sheep, the challenges they face as hill farmers in the winter and their motive for letting Magali Pettier film their lives will feature in the programme in a 6 min piece on Sunday 31st January from 7.00pm. More details here. Some clips of Addicted to Sheep will also be included in the programme. Help us spread the word!

BBC Countryfile Filming Day 17

And more good news, over the last few months BBC4 have been working with the Addicted to Sheep team to make a 60 min TV version based on our 85 min cinema version. Naturally we were a little bit nervous at first as we had worked so hard to make the 85 min cinema version, our ‘labour of love’ which we felt had the pace that would do justice to the lives that farmers lead. But what was also important for us was that we could reach as many people as possible so more people would find out about tenant hill farming, where our food comes from and the challenges that farmers face in general. And so after reflection we thought a TV version would help us do that. We are now pleased to say that the 60 min version has been signed off and that it will be broadcast for the first time on BBC4 on the 8th of February at 9.00pm. Although it was hard to cut 25 min from our ‘labor of love’ we think that the 60 minute BBC TV cut retains the essential elements of the original allowing us all to experience life on a hill farm without having to get dirty! But deep down, we still feel that it won’t beat watching the cinema version on a big screen where the pace is slower and more time is given to the viewer to enjoy the landscapes but this way we have something for everyone and we can get more people aware of what goes on on our door step!

The cinema version is still touring across the UK, so if you like the TV version and you want to see more, you can find out about our upcoming screenings here or our cinema version is now available on DVD too from our online shop!