Stories from the Hop Yards film on tour
So as they say on the football world it was a game of two halves. After the snow severely impacted our sold out premiere event on Saturday 3rd March the weather on 6th March at Malvern Theatres was much more in our favour and packed audience of over 420 people came to watch the film as part of Borderlines Film Festival.
On Saturday we had a few farmers who had battled and dug their way out of country lanes to join us, showing us photos of the snow drifts they had conquered and many people who had been unable to get a ticket were able to join us. Luckily they thought the effort was very worthwhile and enjoyed the film, we were joined at the Q+A by Tom and John Probert, who gave his best shot at a Dudley accent, from Church House Farm and Mark Andrews from Townend Farm and Helen Ball one of our volunteers.
At Malvern many people shared their own experiences of hop-picking with one wonderful story about pickers bringing their own wall-paper to brighten up the sheds they lived during the harvest – now that is ‘glamping’. We heard from new hop farmer Will Kirby and Henry and Kris who work with him at Brook House farm, brewer Sarah Saleh and our volunteer Christine Patrick.
The feedback so far has been truly heart warming, with so many people coming up to us and say how wonderful they thought the film was and many saying they were looking forward to seeing it again.
‘I would love to have the film to watch again and share with others. It was absolutely brilliant, I reflected in the survey how the film made me feel but you have made a 90 year old lady (my grandmother) incredibly happy.’ Mark Baldwin
Photographs by http://www.matthewevans.pictures