Lower Hewood Farm, Hewood, Chard TA20 4NR

Saturday 9th November 2019

This programme is currently subject to minor alterations – for exact timings please check back nearer the date of the festival.


11.00           The Day After Tomorrow     Dir. Roland Emmerich, 2004, Cert 12A, (124)

After climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) is largely ignored by U.N. officials when presenting his environmental concerns, his research proves true when an enormous “superstorm” develops, setting off catastrophic natural disasters throughout the world. Trying to get to his son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is trapped in New York with his friend Laura (Emmy Rossum), Jack and his crew must travel by foot from Philadelphia, braving the elements, to get to Sam before it’s too late.

14.00           A Field in England                 Dir. Ben Wheatley, 2013, Cert 15, (90 mins)

England : 1648 AD. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field.

15.30           In conversation with Guy Shrubsole and Sara Hudston

Guy Shrubsole is the author of Who Owns England? (HarperCollins 2019). He is a writer and campaigner for Friends of the Earth. Sara Hudston is an author and journalist based in West Dorset. She writes fiction and non-fiction. Subjects include nature, Dorset, history and art.

17.00           Silent Running, Dir. Douglas Trumbull, 1972, Cert U, (89 mins)

In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth’s botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.

19.00           Harvest Short Film Competition Shortlist Screening

and announcement of Harvest Short Film Competition winners.

20.30 – DINNER


11.00           Of Horses and Men, Dir. Benedict Erlingsson, 2013, Cert 15 (81 mins)

A country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Love and death become interlaced and with immense consequences. The fortunes of the people in the country through the horses perception.

12.30           The Gleaners and I, Dir. Agnès Varda, 2000, Cert U (82 mins)

Screening in memory of French film director, photographer and artist Agnès Varda who died in March this year. The film tracks a series of gleaners as they hunt for food, knicknacks, thrown away items, and personal connection. Varda travels the French countryside as well as the city to find and film not only field gleaners, but also urban gleaners and those connected to gleaners, including a wealthy restaurant owner whose ancestors were gleaners.

14.00           Straight Story, Dir. David Lynch, 1999, Cert 18

Director David Lynch turns the true story of a road trip on a lawnmower into a gentle parable – and a classic, if unlikely, American road movie. Filmed along the 260-mile route that Alvin Straight traversed in 1994 from Laurens, Iowa to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin, the Straight Story chronicles a slow odyssey rolling along at five miles an hour aboard a 66 John Deere.

16.00           Borrowed Pasture, Dir. John Ormond, 1960, Cert Family, (30 mins)

Richard Burton narrates this stunning film of two Polish soldiers struggling to make a living from a derelict farm in Carmarthenshire.

16.30           Babette’s Feast, Dir Gabriel Axel, 1987, Cert U, (104 mins)

When Babette, a beautiful and mysterious French refugee, arrives in a remote Danish town the tight-knit, puritanical community begrudgingly let her in, providing her with shelter and work. But after the town patriarch passes away and Babette insists on preparing a feast in this honour, a magical world of sensory revelations is thrown open to the villagers, changing their lives forever.

Lunch – soup, salad, bread and butter available from in the farmhouse kitchen from 12.30 (£5 a head)

Dinner starts at 8.30 in the farmhouse kitchen (£20 a head – tickets available in advance)

ARTIST FILM           (please refer to map for locations)

10,000 Years (III)    Sista Pratesi   2019

A circular journey through the primeval world of the mind.

The Agricultural Revolution as a symbol,

Wheat as a crop,

That grew the human population.

sausage       sarah filmer               2019      (14.00, looped)

lured in by the idyll depicted in the beginning of the film, you are invited to contemplate a particular journey from piglet to sausage.
what is it to be pig? what is it to be human?

Flood          Carolyn Lefley          2016     (8:42, looped)

Carolyn Lefley is a Somerset based artist using photography and film. Flood was made during an art and archaeology research trip in 2014 to the abandoned island of Swona. Multiple exposures depict the sea slowly encroaching on the land and houses. Speaking of the hurried abandonment, the proximity to the restless sea, and of nature taking over the domestic spaces.

You can see previous years’ Harvest Film programmes here.

There will be a number of screening spaces showing films throughout the day, including Main Barn, Stable, Library, and Farmhouse Kitchen.

There will be a screening area with DVD’s available for children in the farmhouse.