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2012-04-29 00:00:00

It may be raining, grisly and grey today but May is coming and by the end of the week the sun will be shining. But even if it's raining on May 5th when 'Tune for the Blood' is screening at Lyde Court, you will be dry and warm in the big barn.  Music, food and a bar with the famous local ales and cider.  We, the film-makers will be there along with Russ Carrington, one of the young farmers featured in the film. 

Here are some photos of the barn before it is transformed into a a restaurant, bar and cinema.


Behind the Scenes

2012-03-28 00:00:00

We are working hard behind the scenes now, submitting the film to festivals and trying to raise some funds to help us get the film 'out there'. We want to provide a subsidy to groups who would like to hire the film for public screenings and have one of the participants come along to give a talk, answer questions or lead a discussion.  So we haven't disappeared, just making plans and organising.

Borderlines in May is screening the film at Lyde Court.  If you haven't seen the film, come along and treat yourself to a pre-screening meal prepared from Herefordshire ingredients accompanied by local ciders and ales.  And there will be local folk band to serenade you until the screening begins at 9pm.  It will all take place in the congenial atmosphere of the Barn at Lyde Court.  Special projection facilities will be brought to in to make the screening of Tune for the Blood an enjoyable experience and and visual treat.

Hereford Opening of Tune for the Blood

2012-03-02 00:00:00

Sunday was a gloriously sunny day, and warm enough to think it was April and not February.  From 1-5pm the Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs were there with with exhibitions, demonstrations and stalls from various local businesses displaying and selling their wares, and a special treat - Ellie and Katy, two of Jono Roger's calves from his pedigree dairy herd.

Darkness fell, the air chilled but inside the Courtyard was buzzing.  The Mayor, Lady Darnley the Lord-Lieutenant of Hereford, Jesse Norman MP, numerous councillors, farmers,their families, friends and a general audience members gathered in the foyer in anticipation of the screening. Danny Thompson Neil McArthur, who composed and performed the score for the music arrived.  Elliott Broadbent-Jones, a local musician, now living in Brighton and a member of Riot Riot who provided the opening track for the film was there too.

 The cast and crew took time out  for some photographs.

           Russell Carrington in full regalia on the green carpet

Richard Branczik's wonderful, heartfelt introduction to the evening was read by Naomi Vera-Sanso, executive director of the
Borderlines Festival.  The screening itself was, for us, the film-makers, ninety-nine minutes of acute attention to every shift
of bums on seats, laughs, chuckles and coughs.  After three years, how were the audience responding to the results
of all that labour, all those creative decisions?  It was with a first sigh of relief, when my immediate neighbour turned and said
'That was wonderful!'.  And the overwhelming reaction was a thumbs up - people, I hope, were genuine in their praise.
However was a home crowd and the challenge now is to take it out to wider audience.

After the screening, there was a short Q & A with the all the cast of young farmers in the film up on the stage and then
the moment we had all been waiting for - the adjournment to the bar and the chance for a chat.  It was a hugely
successful evening thanks to all those involved!


The Young Countryside Comes to the Town

2012-02-26 00:00:00

Young Farmers join the Borderlines Film festival to showcase themselves and the Herefordshire countryside

Young Farmers Clubs carry the motto 'fun, learning and achievement' and this will be a continuing theme during the day organised in conjunction with the Borderlines Film Festival and The Courtyard.  Visitors to this unique event will be able to come and see livestock, tractors and demonstrations of YFC skills.  There will also be opportunities for members of the public to take part in YFC competitions and activities, plus discover what different types of wool, soil and grain look and feel like.

It is a beautiful sunny day out there today, so take yourself to Courtyard Arts Centre for a great afternoon of rural activities.


Guardian Environment features Tune for the Blood

2012-02-25 00:00:00

A clip of Fay Thomas, the youngest person we followed in the Tune for the Blood year, is on the Guardian Environment website.  Fay was 16 years old when we started filming.  Jono Rogers is a dairy farmer, and in the clip we see the first part of the Bovine TB testing process, a procedure well-known and dreaded by dairy and beef farmers alike.  To find out the results, come and see the film at the Courtyard Arts Centretomorrow night.  Or if you can't make it then, it is showing again Thursday 1 March 8:15pm & Wednesday 7 March 2:00pm at the Courtyard Arts Centre in Hereford as part of the Borderlines Film Festival.
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