- dir. MICK CATMULL
- year. 2017
- country. UK
- run-time. 85 mins
- rating. 12A
£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)
A love letter to the Cornish countryside as affectionate as it is revealing, Dying Breed reveals how in the last 10 years, more than a third of Britain’s small farms have vanished. The small farm has been a Cornish constant for countless generations. But for how much longer?
A poignant portrait of west Cornwall farmers approaching the ends of their working lives, Plymouth and Cornwall-based director Mick Catmull’s film was filmed across a year on three cattle farms. It follows his subjects as they go about their daily business, one that faces an uncertain future in a world dominated by retail giants and modern agribusiness. Small family farms have been part of the Cornish landscape since time immemorial but they are now threatened by growers, land speculators and hobby farmers. A documentary chronicle of a rural landscape in transition where every year sees more small farms broken up and sold off to large landowners, Dying Breed bears witness to the struggles of small farms, determined to survive against the odds.
A Q&A with Mick Catmull will take place after the film.
Part of the Lie of the Land season of modern farming documentaries. Also showing: The Lie of the Land, Sweetgrass