A feature length film following the lives of a new generation of young farmers

Here are some comments after our screening of 'Tune for the Blood' last week on the 16th.

'the mix of lyrical and raw is v strong'

'very moving, beautiful, funny (at times in the right places) and thought provoking. I like the music too.'

'touching, endearing, tense, lyrical and poetic; a credit to young farmers'

2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming. Tune for the Blood features eight young people from traditional farms. We will be helping to celebrate and promote the family farm. You can too. Organise a screening in your community. Invite one of the young farmers for a Q&A! You can do it here!

In a world that has grown suspicious of the food it eats, but can't be bothered to find out how it reaches the table, these families and their farms are probably our best guarantee of sustainable good food.

--Tony Blench, Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Now part of the Up! Up! Film Festival.

If you would like to hire Tune for the
for a screening at your community
centre, village hall or wherever you
can set up a projector - get in touch
through projects@cantilupe.co.uk
or go to the rental page on our site.

The average age of a UK farmer is 58 years. Traditional family farms are increasingly under threat. Tune for the Blood follows the lives of a new generation from family farms in rural Herefordshire over a year as they face challenges of farming and keeping their communities alive in the modern world.

They order bull semen online, they negotiate volatile markets, and they deal with financial and personal fallout from bovine TB. Through it all, their strong respect for tradition and a deep connection to the land shines through. The film celebrates that connection, underscoring it with a original music by internationally acclaimed bassist, Danny Thompson.

'...a lyrical, evocative and affectionate paean to the countryside and its people...The images captured by Richard Branczik are often stunning, although the picturesque nature of the mists, downpours and snows is never allowed to distract from the problems they pose to the daily routine.'

--David Parkinson, Empire Magazine Online

Here's a taster with some wonderful music from Danny Thompson and Neil McArthur

The Tune for the Blood Song

First chance to listen this beautiful song composed by Danny Thompson with Neil McArthur on piano and Madeleine Worrall on vocals. Lyrics by Anne Cottringer.

To find out more about Danny Thompson and Neil McArthur go to our music page or for go to Danny's own website.

DVDs now available to buy from our website!

We have had requests from groups and organisations to screen the film in their communities and at local cinemas, and now you can get a licence for a public screening. You can organise your own screening of Tune for the Blood in any venue where your imagination takes you: barns, sheds, community halls, schools, fields, pubs...just go to our Organise A Screening pages.


We've opened a new youtube channel and our first clip from the film is uploaded! A chance for audiences to get some idea of what's involved in having your pedigree dairy herd TB tested: the stress, the process, the consequences. Will Jono Rogers have a reactor?

Click here to see on Youtube

Or you can watch it right here.

'a lyrical, evocative and affectionate paean to the countryside and its people.' David Parkinson, Empire Magazine Online
Clips of Tune for the Blood on the Guardian Environment online website

By popular demand we posted our original trailer for the work-in-progress on 'Tune for the Blood'. It's called 'Who Would be a Farmer' and can be viewed on youtube.