The farming community has long been a rich subject for photographers seeking to record rural life without nostalgia or sentimentality, and in recent years the subject has also received attention by documentary film makers such as Testimony Films.
The contemporary scene is no exception. Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier have worked with dairy farmer Steve Hook and his father to chronicle their endeavours to produce and sell organic unpasturised milk and cheese at Longleys Farm at Hailsham, East Sussex. Their 90 minute film ‘Moo Man’ has just premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Utah:
Currently broadcast on Channel 4, Monkey Kingdom Films’ five part series ‘First Time Farmers’ looks at the trials and tribulations of Britain’s youngest farmers, including Somerset’s Flossie Biss who combines sheep farming with her GCSE exams: