Young farmers are stars of documentary

First published in Country News latest

A DOCUMENTARY about farming in Herefordshire will be screened as part of Borderlines Film Festival’s 10th anniversary opening weekend.

Tune for the Blood, named after a line by Ledbury poet John Masefield, portrays farm life in the county through the eyes of optimistic young farmers and will be screened tomorrow at the Courtyard in Hereford.

The film was made by cameraman Richard Branczik and Anne Cottringer, a freelance director and camerawoman who has worked with Channel 4, the BBC and Al Jazeera English.

The Herefordshire-based husband and wife team began work on the film three years ago with the co-operation of the Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.

“Film-making is a bit like farming. It’s a real risk when you set out and it takes quite a while to get to the final product. Even then you’re not sure how it will be received,” said Anne.

Having financed the making of Tune for the Blood they are seeking sponsors for the distribution of the film which has already been screened as a workin- progress at the Hay Festival.

Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, which has several of its members starring in the film, is hoping to make the opening spectacular with plans for tractors to be present and even livestock at the Courtyard.

The organisation is planning a display between 1pm and 5pm to promote the federation, which has more than 600 members.

Visitors will be able to watch demonstrations of YFC skills and attend a market selling goods produced by group members.

There will also be opportunities for visitors to take part in YFC competitions and activities, and discover what different types of wool, soil and grain look and feel like. For more information, visit hfyfc.org.uk or call 01432 274187.

Tickets are available at borderlinesfilmfestival.org or from the Courtyard box office on 01432 340555.

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