Tickets available for Teesdale hill farming documentary screening at Durham

Latimer Hinks Solicitors is giving people the chance to see Addicted to Sheep at the Gala Theatre in Durham

A scene from Addicted to Sheep
A scene from Addicted to Sheep

Ten free pairs of tickets are up for grabs for a cinema preview of an acclaimed documentary focusing on a tenant hill-farming family from the North East.

Addicted to Sheep follows a year in the life of Tom and Kay Hutchinson and their three school-age children as they farm a flock of pedigree Swaledale sheep in picturesque but remote Forest-in-Teesdale.

On February 19, a preview sponsored by Darlington’s Latimer Hinks Solicitors will be held for friends and supporters at the Gala Theatre in Durham.

The law firm is also giving away 10 pairs of tickets via a prize draw.

Addicted to Sheep, which is being entered into several international film festivals, was produced by Magali Pettier, of Provenance Films, and Jan Cawood, of Tin Man Films.

The postproduction phase was supported and funded through crowd funding, sponsorship and awards from the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership and the Heritage Lottery Fund, with assistance from DigitalCity and Teesside University.

The Hutchinson family, who took part in the documentary film, Addicted to Sheep
The Hutchinson family, who took part in the documentary film, Addicted to Sheep

Producer Jan Cawood said: “We are delighted to have the backing of Latimer Hinks for our first cinema preview as they were one of our first donors and have followed our progress every step of the way from final edit to cinema screen.

“It’s also particularly rewarding for us to know they value the integrity and quality of our work as independent film-makers.”

Director/producer Magali Pettier added: “As a farmer’s daughter myself, it was very important to me to represent tenant hill farmers on the Raby Estate in a truthful and enlightening way.

“It’s great to feel we have achieved that by showing the joys as well as some of the issues facing hill farmers. The Latimer Hinks sponsorship will allow more people to see the film at the start of what we hope will be a long and successful journey.”

Through its agricultural department, Latimer Hinks offers legal advice to farmers, landowners and landed estates across a range of areas, including succession planning, lease agreements and land use diversification.

A scene from Magali's film Addicted to Sheep
A scene from Magali's film Addicted to Sheep

Using its Charity Ball Fund, it has also supported the Upper Teesdale Agriculture Support Services (UTASS) charity, which first introduced Ms Magali to the Hutchinson family.

Anne Elliott, marketing partner and specialist in private client work and agriculture at the business, said: “We work with a broad range of clients, including the farming community, so we are delighted to be supporting farming through the fantastic film that is Addicted to Sheep, and offering people the opportunity to attend the cinema preview.

“I would like to wish everyone connected with Addicted to Sheep all the best.

“I had the privilege of seeing the film at a private viewing and was very impressed.

“The film shows very graphically the passion farmers and their families have for their way of life.”

To enter the prize draw, email your name and contact details to at@latimerhinks.co.uk, with the words ‘Addicted to Sheep Draw’ in the subject line.

Winners will be drawn and informed on February 9.

For more information about Addicted to Sheep, visit http://www.addictedtosheep.com/ , while for details on the prize draw, contact Andrea Tobin at at@latimerhinks.co.uk

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