Addicted to Sheep: Sunderland graduate hits £7,000 crowd-funding target for farming film

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A SUNDERLAND graduate and French film-maker is celebrating after receiving cash to complete a documentary on the lives of a North-East farming family.

Magali Pettier is now able to finish her feature-length documentary, Addicted to Sheep, after smashing her £7,000 crowd-funding target.

Magali has raised a total of £8,139.54 with more than 145 people donating from as far afield as Australia, across Europe and North and South America. It also included an award of £3,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

She has been filming sheep in the Pennines over 18 months and is now editing more than 60 hours of footage with an Upper Teesdale tenant farmer, his family and their flock. The photography, video and digital imaging graduate is aiming to show a couple’s emotional commitment to their work and their school-age children in her documentary.

She also hopes to reflect their bond with the landscape and the quest for an ever-better flock of Swaledale sheep.

Magali said: “The University of Sunderland course has helped me to become very attentive to detail and to always look for the perfect image.

“It also taught me that it is not just about the visual but about the story and the people you choose to tell that story.

“It has put me in a good position to cover a range of topics over the years.”