In the bucolic English countryside, Stephen Hook runs the family dairy farm, Hook and Son, a lo-fi anomaly resisting a hi-fi world. Farming is a hard life and an even harder business, but Stephen and his family make it work by staying small and offering services like home delivery. And it’s not just a profession for Stephen: each cow has a name and is lovingly cared for, especially the farm’s resident “cover girl,” Ida. It becomes quite clear that Stephen’s unconventional and heartwarming friendship with his herd is what really enables the farm to survive.
Director Andy Heathcote and codirector Heike Bachelier offer a glimpse of an endangered way of life. Their quiet and subdued approach allows their subjects—both human and bovine—to captivate and charm the audience. In this age when life seemingly rushes by at breakneck speed, it’s nice to see that some people can still sustain a simpler existence. - R. W.
About the Directors
Andy Heathcote is an independent filmmaker based in southern England. He studied photography, then trained as an assistant film editor in London before concentrating on film direction at the Polish Film School. He is a visiting lecturer in filmmaking at various United Kingdom universities. In 2008, he successfully released his first feature documentary, The Lost World of Mr. Hardy, in British cinemas.
Heike Bachelier is a writer/director living and working in both Germany and the United Kingdom. Her experience lies in story development, script writing, and producing for German television. In 2010, she made her debut feature, Feindberührung, for ZDF, the German television network. The film won the 2011 PRIX EUROPA for best feature documentary. Bachelier has a master’s degree in philosophy.
Cast and Credits
Directors: Andy Heathcote, Codirector: Heike Bachelier
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