Moo Man is our first Q&A screening
Our first Q&A session at Errol Flynn Filmhouse takes place this Saturday 10 August, when Andy Heathcote will present The Moo Man, the remarkable documentary on a maverick East Sussex farmer that he co-directed with Heike Bachelier.
Warmly praised at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, The Moo Man follows dairy farmer Stephen Hook as he attempts to buck the trend for industrial farming by staying small and maintaining his close relationship with his herd. However, his plans to save the farm do not always go down well with his 55 spirited cows. When the headstrong, scene-stealing queen of the herd Ida falls ill, Steve’s optimism is challenged and their whole way of life is at stake.
In a preview of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, festival director John Cooper called The Moo Man his “Crazy favourite, a film I watched and just couldn’t shake until the end. I found it to be such a beautiful story, really touching.” Filmed over four years on the Pevensey Levels, it’s a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming portrait of the incredible bonds between humans, animals and the countryside in a fast-disappearing England. It gives a privileged insight into a remarkable way of life, and its subjects – farmer and herd – are fantastically charismatic. “Cows are social”, says Andy. “They have friends, they like pop music (although they’re not too keen on dance) and they enjoy listening to the radio in the milking parlour.”
Join Moo Man director Andy Heathcote at Errol Flynn Filmhouse at 6pm on Saturday 10 August for a Q&A session, followed by our first screening of The Moo Man. Tickets are at normal Peak Screening prices: £8.50 adults, £7.50 concessions, and £6 for children aged 14 and under.
We’ll be showing the film again as a Silver Screen matinee, aimed at our more mature audiences, at 2.30pm on Tuesday 13 August, with tickets priced at £5.