Addicted to Sheep

A critically-acclaimed film, centred on the lives of sheep farmers in the North Pennines, will be screened in three Lancashire village halls in November.

“Addicted To Sheep”, from Provenance Films, will be shown in Arkholme Village Hall on Wednesday 16 November at 7pm, followed by screenings at Tosside Community Hall on Thursday 17 November at 7.30pm and Calder Vale Village Hall on Friday 18 November at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the film, which is suitable for age seven and above, can be booked directly from the venues by calling 07519 281 305 for Arkholme, 01729 840272 for Tosside and either 01995 606278, 01995 603838 or 01995 602615 for Calder Vale.

Set in the North Pennines, “Addicted to Sheep” is an intimate portrait of a year in the life of tenant hill farmers Tom and Kay Hutchinson as they try to breed the perfect sheep. Director Magali Pettier, herself a farmer’s daughter, captures the sights and sounds of this beautiful upland landscape through the seasons as well as a way of life often difficult to witness up close.

Farmer Tom Hutchinson

Farmer Tom Hutchinson

Through the sun, rain, sleet and snow we watch the Hutchinson’s toil away against the stark, stunning landscapes of North East England and witness the hard work it takes just to survive. Their three young children are growing up close to the land, attending the local primary school entirely comprised of farmers’ children, all thoroughly immersed in their remote rural world.

While the odds often seem stacked against them, the film conveys the importance of a balanced family life and the good humour that binds this tight knit community together.

“Addicted to Sheep” is an entertaining and subtle reminder of how important farming is to the economy and the social fabric of our communities. Following your passion does have its rewards, although not always financial.

Beautifully observed, this heartwarming film provides an insight into the past, present and future of a way of life far removed from the high-tech hustle and bustle of modern life allowing us all to experience life on a hill farm without having to get dirty!

The Lancashire screenings form part of Spot On Lancashire’s autumn season of touring, taking professional arts events to rural venues and libraries across the county.

Speaking ahead of the screenings, director Magali Pettier said:

‘Since its release in 2015 “Addicted to Sheep” has had over 300 screenings nationally and internationally. A year on, we are thrilled to see that our film, shot over 18 months, has enchanted thousands of people in cities and rural areas. Earlier this year, the film played to a packed house at The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster on two occasions but we were conscious that we may not have reached people from more rural areas of Lancashire. Thanks to Spot On and hard working volunteers we will now be bringing the film to the rural communities of Lancashire.’

Director, Magali Pettier

Director, Magali Pettier

For more information or to see the full Spot On season programme, visit our what’s on page call Sue Robinson on 01254 660360 or email