Firle Place rolls out the red carpet next week for one of the ‘biggest’ movie stars in Sussex history.
She’s dairy cow Ida, who led a cast of 54 herdmates from Hailsham to international fame in hit indie documentary The Moo Man earlier this year.
Now the unruly milkers and their maverick farmer Steve Hook are returning for a gala screening at the first Firle On Film event on Saturday, September 14. Set on Pevensey Levels, the film follows the story of a small family farm after it decides to abandon the big dairies and go it alone.
We accompany Steve through night-time calvings and punishingly early dawn milkings, as all the while he builds a doorstep delivery service for the herd’s organic pintas. It’s a job he undertakes with passion and great dollops of humour but one he knows is impossible without the co-operation of his cows.
The charity screening will be in the Georgian Riding School at Firle. Visitors can play croquet accompanied by music from The So Last Century String Band, and tickets also include a gourmet picnic.
Money raised will go to the Firle Playing Fields and Village Hall Association and Lewes-based charity Living Well & Dying Well. Tickets, £30 to include entertainment and dinner, are available from www.wegottickets.com, Firle Stores, Union Music in Lewes, and Lewes Tourist Information Centre.