The Moo Man
Submitted by mikethep on 14 August 2013 - 11:15pm
Stick with me on this one. Stephen Hook is a small dairy farmer in Sussex. He survives by selling his whole, unpasteurized milk direct to the public, in pleasingly retro printed glass bottles. On top of all the milking, herding, mucking out, delivering calves etc, he does a milk round too. He is able to avoid selling to the supermarkets, where he would find himself in the surreal situation of selling a litre of milk for 5p less than it costs him to produce it. Hook is a gentle, caring man dedicated to making the lives of his cows as pleasant as possible - unlike your average dairy farmer he doesn't shoot male calves within 24 hours but allows the mothers to bond with them and the bullocks to grow up into beef cattle. (If this is the wrong thing to do I don't want to know, OK? It feels right.) He loves his herd, and his distress when a favourite cow dies is palpable and moving. A gently humorous documentary, beautifully shot and revealing about the tough lives of the folk who feed us.
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Watching calves being born! One of those quirky documentaries that come out of nowhere and twitch a curtain aside to reveal a world you (I, at least) know nothing about. We probably don't need to be told that farmers' lives are hard, but it's a real pleasure to be enlightened in such a subtle and undoctrinaire way. This probably won't show up at your multiplex, but if you spot it on at an arthouse cinema or festival, you could do a lot worse than give it a whirl.