The Moo Man to be screened at Firle Place

There will be a very special guest on the red carpet during a charity film screening at Firle Place.

A cow named Ration will be making an appearance with her co-star, local dairy farmer Steve Hook, at the screening of The Moo Man.

The Moo Man took the Sundance and Los Angeles Film Festivals by storm earlier this year, with Sundance festival director John Cooper naming it as his favourite film of the festival.

Now directors Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier’s touching portrait of life as a dairy farmer on the Pevensey Levels is coming to the Tudor mansion nestling below the South Downs.

It’s raising money for two excellent causes: Living Well Dying Well and Firle Village Hall.

The film covers Steve’s struggles to keep the 55-head herd farm afloat in the face of the power of the supermarkets, and shows his close relationship with his cows – audiences might never view them in the same away again.

The documentary was filmed over four years, and relied upon £20,000 of funding including donations.

The screening will take place at The Riding School on Saturday, September 14, in the beautiful surrounds of Firle Place, by permission of Lord and Lady Gage.

The event will also feature live music from the So Last Century String Band, a gourmet buffet picnic, a tombola and Harveys ale. Doors open at 5.30pm, with the movie screening at 8.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £30 including food. They are available from film-at-firle.com (01273 782278) and Union Music Store, in Lansdown Place, Lewes.