The DVD is out and our UK tour continues!

Over 180 screenings, 28 Q&As and 70 venues, from London to the Isle of Lewis Addicted to Sheep has been extremely well received since the start of its UK cinema release on August 28 2015 and we couldn’t be happier.

Nearly 5 months since it all started and our tour continues at cinemas and community screenings across the UK. We have had many new bookings including cinemas and village halls in Lancaster, Worcestershire, Buckinghamshire, County Durham, Derbyshire, Cumbria, Somerset, Wales, Shropshire, Herefordshire, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Ireland and West Sussex. For more details on how to book tickets for different venues please visit our screenings page here. Please keep checking our screenings page as we do add new screenings regularly.

With many highlights on the tour, it has been a great pleasure to meet our audience and see how much they all enjoyed the film. Some of you have even come to watch the film several times. One person in particular watched the film 6 times. It must be a good sign! It’s been nice to receive feedback too. Many of you have told us that you have learnt or discovered something new every time that you watched the film which feels like a real achievement for us.

Addicted to Sheep DVD-Front

We are pleased to say that Addicted to Sheep is now available on DVD which includes extra scenes as well as a little surprise inside the box! You can buy it from our online shop here. And that’s not all, on our shop you can also get a little memento of the film as we sell mugs, bags, film posters and even some handmade needle felted sheep!

NOW AVAILABLE ON DVDWe are also working on online distribution and looking into distributing the film in other countries. To keep up to date with our distribution plan you can sign up to our occasional newsletter here!

We have had some great reviews in the last few months, including 4 stars from Mark Kermode from The Observer, Brian Viner from Daily Mail and David Parkinson from Empire. We also featured in BBC Countryfile Magazine amongst many others. You can catch up with all our reviews here.

Here are a few highlights from our Tour so far. No better way to feel like you have been there!

Thanks to all of you who have helped us spread the word about the film so far!

 

Addicted to Sheep UK Cinema Tour: The Story So Far!

Already 5 weeks since our UK cinema tour has started! It has been a really busy few weeks and we have had growing interest for the film on a daily basis!

Our London Premiere at the prestigious Picturehouse Central cinema on Shaftesbury Avenue on August 28 was followed by a 2-week run at Picturehouse Central and a 6-day run at Bertha DocHouse, Curzon Bloomsbury in London.

Sheep at Picturehouse Central

Since then, with our needle-felted sheep, we have travelled over 1,500 miles and went to 11 Q&A screenings across the country from London to Cambridge, Newcastle and all the way to Scotland! Whether we are at small indie cinemas, larger ones or volunteer led cinemas, we have been warmly welcomed.  Addicted to Sheep has so far had 79 screenings! We have 36 more screenings booked to take place and numbers are rising on a weekly basis!

Sheep in London View

Many cinema screens have sold out in regional hot spots (including Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle which led to a 6-day run!) and lots of people passionate about indie film and sheep have also ensured our community venues DIY booking service allows us to reach places other films can’t!

Our ambition to crossover audiences, gain public and critical success seems to have come together. All and more than we ever wanted.

The film has received four star film reviews from Empire Magazine and the Guardian’s Mark Kermode described the film as a ‘rare treat’. You can read the reviews here.

In the last few weeks, Director of Addicted to Sheep Magali Pettier had the privilege to talk about the film on several radio programmes including BBC Loose Ends (listen to programme here) presented by Nikki Bedi and joined by Carol Morley, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Jon Holmes, Musician SOAK and Scottee. A bit daunting but a great experience!

Sheep Radio Newcastle

And finally one more round of good news, Tom and Kay Hutchinson and film Director Magali Pettier jointly received The Farmers Weekly Farming Champion of The Year 2015 Award, sponsored by National Farmers Union (NFU), in front of over 1,200 farmers and industry leaders who attended the prestigious ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Oct 1st 2015.  It was a great privilege to have over 1,200 people, in the same room, watch our trailer and hear their reaction. They all laughed in the right places even when the title was read out! You can read more about it here.

Farmers Weekly Award The Hutchinson and Magali Pettier

Thanks to the Hutchinson family, your support and that of all those involved in the making of Addicted to Sheep, it feels like a real achievement to now be able to share the film with a wide audience to show a world difficult to witness up close, especially given the current headlines about the issues farmers are facing.

Being able to engage with our audience directly either through social media or at Q&A screenings and see you all help us spread the word is really heart-warming.

We continue on our distribution journey and will be back soon for more news! To be sure you don’t miss them please subscribe to our newsletter at www.addictedtosheep.com

For more information about the UK cinema release of Addicted to Sheep, visit our Addicted to Sheep screening times.

If you can’t see a screening near you, community and educational screenings are available. Please visit our Addicted to Sheep community screenings for more info and perhaps you can organise and book one yourself! The film is coming to Dorset, East and West Sussex and many other places thanks to our followers.

For more information about the release, read our latest newsletter here

We hope you enjoy our journey so far with our photos below!

Addicted to Sheep in UK Cinemas from 28 August 2015

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We are delighted to announce that Addicted to Sheep, a labour of love for our team, will be released in UK cinemas and celebrate its London Premiere on Friday 28th August at Picturehouse Central on Shaftesbury Avenue!

It’s rare for independent films to get a theatrical release, even rarer for a documentary! We are proud to be presenting our film with prestigious partners who really care about indie films including Picturehouse CinemasTyneside Cinema, Bertha DocHouse many others.

The film will have a 7 day run at Picturehouse Central in London and it doesn’t stop there! Addicted to Sheep will also be shown at a number of cinemas across London and around the country at one-off Q&A screenings.

Thanks to the Hutchinson family, your support and that of all those involved in the making of Addicted to Sheep, it feels like a real achievement to now be able to share the film with a wide audience to show a world difficult to witness up close, especially given the current headlines about the issues farmers are facing.

For more information about the release, you can read our newsletter here http://eepurl.com/bwiDoj and to see where the film will be screened please visit http://www.addictedtosheep.com/screenings/. New screenings will be added as they are booked! So far we have 26 screenings booked and a 7-day run at Picturehouse House Central in London.

If you can’t see a screening near you, community and educational screenings are available. Please visit http://www.addictedtosheep.com/screenings/community-educational-screenings/ for more info.

Screenings of Addicted to Sheep

Addicted to Sheep: A hit at Sheffield Doc/Fest!

It’s already been a month since Addicted to Sheep was screened at Sheffield Doc/Fest!

What a wonderful experience the team, and the Hutchinson family who took a rare weekend off to join us, had. We are still buzzing. We couldn’t have wished for a better response to the film.

Our 24-hour tour of Sheffield City Centre with the life-size model sheep created quite a buzz! It took 9 of us to herd 3 sheep in the city, with a wood pen that is! Our sheep tour also brought some dramas for the team as one of our lambs was stolen! But thankfully it was returned 36 hours later!

Sheep on tour - Addicted to Sheep

Two screenings had been scheduled to play at the festival and both were sold out with over 170 people at the first screening and over 260 at the second screening. Due to its popularity, Addicted to Sheep was selected as one of the 2 hits of the festival and was screened an extra time on the last day of the festival. That was quite a surprise for us but were so pleased to know that the film had generated a lot of buzz in Sheffield. Our sheep made by Julia Knott from F’git-me-Knott Designs no doubt played their part in this!

Kay showing sheep

Hit of the festival Poster

As other filmmakers will know, one never really knows how different audiences are going to react to a film so we couldn’t help but be a bit nervous! But as soon as people started to laugh, we relaxed a bit!

Sheffield Doc/Fest Premiere

We’d like to say thank you to Agnes Wilkie from BALTIC who joined us during our Q&A at our first screening and to Christopher Hird from Dartmouth Films, a leading figure in UK independent documentary making and a former chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Foundation who was the Moderator for our Q&A at the second screening. It made the 2 screenings even more special.

Sheffield Doc/Fest being an international film festival meant that the people in the audience came from all walks of life. We even had 2 people who flew from Canada specially for the premiere! It was a relief to hear that they enjoyed the film!  We also had the chance to meet the owner (and his family) of the ram that produced the yow which features on our poster! What a small world!

During our 6 very intense days at the festival, we have had great conversations with wonderful and passionate people about the future of Addicted to Sheep so watch this space as we are planning on taking the film far and wide!

As Addicted to Sheep was nominated in the Environment Award category, we attended the award ceremony presented by Jeremy Hardy on the last day of the festival. It was a great honour to be amongst such talented filmmakers and ‘How to change the world’ was the proud winner of the Environment Award this year.

Environmental Award

Finally, we’d like to say a big thank you to all of those involved in making this happen, whether they made the sheep, the wood pen, helped us with spreading the word or helped us carry the sheep around town and to each screening. Some people walking in the street even got roped in! And a big thank you to Sheffield Doc/Fest for supporting us throughout! It was a real privilege to be able to collaborate with people who believed in the spirit of our DIY approach and to see talented artists coming together to share a passion for sheep! (More pictures in our gallery below!)

The Team Addicted to Sheep

We have had some great comments about the film so far. Here are a few quotes following the festival.

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 also tweeted about 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 full review here 

“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 more here 

To read more quotes and reviews about the film, please visit our Media page and Audience Quotes page.

 

 

 

Making life-size sheep

We wanted to take real sheep with us to the World Premiere of Addicted to Sheep. However, for obvious reasons it wasn’t possible. As an indie film we were keen to collaborate with people who believed in the spirit of our DIY approach, talented artists coming together to share a passion for sheep!

Back in March we were introduced to Julia Knott, from F’git-me-Knott Designs. Julia is a felted sheep maker from Cumbria. She has many strings to her bow, and makes all kinds of sheep, (particularly Swaledales and Herdwicks) big and small. Using the wool from the flock of The Hutchinson family who feature in our film, Julia made 2 sets of Swaledale sheep (one life-size set and one half size). They have taken many man hours to complete and a lot of skills and patience were required! Julia took pictures of the process for us so we thought you might like to see how they were made!

We will be taking the sheep far and wide in the next few months, their first outing having been Sheffield Doc/Fest from June 5-10. They have been much admired on our first outing! If you would like to have one of your own, please visit Julia’s website here.

World Premiere of Addicted to Sheep at Sheffield Doc/Fest

EXCITING NEWS! We’re delighted and also a little bit humbled to have been selected to screen Addicted to Sheep at Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals. Having the backing of Sheffield 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 Sheffield 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.

The moment we shared our wonderful news with Matt Dennis, the Editor of Addicted to Sheep!

Matt Dennis, Editor of Addicted to Sheep finding out about Sheffield 1

Matt Dennis, Editor of Addicted to Sheep finding out about Sheffield 2

Matt Dennis, Editor of Addicted to Sheep finding out about Sheffield 3

Matt Dennis, Editor of Addicted to Sheep finding out about Sheffield 4

Whilst the Producers celebrated with a nice cup of tea!

Jan and Magali, Producers of Addicted to Sheep

 

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 hello@provenancefilms.com 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.

A ‘yow’ and her new born lambs!

The Hutchinsons who feature in Addicted to Sheep have now started their lambing season for 2015. So we thought you might like to get a little insight into what they witness on the north pennines hills, 1300 feet above sea level.

Lambing is a very important part of a sheep farmer’s life and they have to work very hard during lambing time as the well-being of their ewes or ‘yows’ and new born lambs is vital to keep a healthy flock.

We have selected 4 video clips showing a little insight into new-born lambs bonding with their mother and making their first steps! Shot over an hour some time ago, our hidden camera captures something remarkable to us but an everyday fact of life for farmers. We hope you enjoy watching them!