A FARMING family from the York area is set to star in a new fly-on-the wall TV documentary series.
York-based Labour of Love Films is seeking a young farming family with school-aged children, living within a 25-mile radius of York, which is willing to be filmed over a couple of years.
The independent documentary maker – which previously made a television documentary about historic Grays Court Hotel in the centre of York – says it wants to record the impact of Brexit on the farming community.
It is looking for a small-scale tenant farm, with livestock, although it would consider owner-occupiers.
“The principle income of the farm must be derived from farming,” said director Kim Hopkins.
“This may be a long-term commitment, as the filming will take place over a couple of years. The producers are interested in recording the effects on the local farming community as Britain leaves the European Union.”
Kim’s previous documentary, Folie A Deux – Madness Made Of Two, featured Helen Heraty’s battle to turn York’s historic Grays Court into a boutique hotel as the world economy crashed.
It was screened on BBC4’s Storyville slot in 2013 and was the result of five years of filming at the Grade I listed building, situated near York Minster, as Helen struggled over three years against bankruptcy and disputes with neighbours, before opening Grays Court as York’s newest upmarket B&B.
The film was praised by Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, whose screenplays include Slumdog Millionaire, as a “stunning commentary on the mess we’re in... Really powerful”.
Kim told BBC Breakfast at that time that she had decided to make the film after meeting Helen by accident in a York city-centre bar and hearing about Grays Court.
“It was meant to be over and done with within a year but, as things turned out, five years later I was still filming,” she said Kim said that the documentary film team had only recently returned from Cuba, where it had spent the last couple of years producing a film, called Voices Of The Sea, for US broadcasters ITVS.
“It was filmed during a tumultuous period in Cuba, featuring the death of Fidel Castro, the new relationship with the USA and the election of Donald Trump,” she said.
“With exclusive access, Voices Of The Sea takes us into remote rural Cuba to gauge how the new political landscape impinges on ordinary Cuban families.”
She added that the film was due to be released in early 2018.
Any farming family from within 25 miles of York which might be interested in taking part should phone 01904 635475 or alternatively email email@example.com