2018 · Unrated · 15 min
The story of Jay Wilde, the first farmer in the UK to trade beef farming for sustainable organic vegan farming, giving up his entire herd of cattle in the process. The film is a BAFTA winner for Best Short Film which premiered at Raindance Film Festival. It won the grand prize for Best Film at the Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival, ‘Short of the Week,’ obtained a Vimeo Staff Pick, and has been nominated as the Best Local Film at the Birmingham Film Festival.
About the Filmmakers
73 cows was produced and directed by Alex Lockwood. Find out more about the film at lockwoodfilm.com.
“73 Cows has everything you ideally want in a short documentary: it has an intriguing top-level premise, it elicits truly emotional and compelling performances from its on-camera subjects, and Lockwood, alongside Cinematographer Oliver Walton, fills the film with beautifully composed and cinematic images. Shot on a c500, the film utilizes slo-mo frequently to evoke the rhythm and simplicity of the farm life, but also to jive with Jay’s soft-spoken and melancholy nature. Befitting its subject, the film’s pace and tone contribute to a melancholic sense of spiritual unrest…” – Jason Sondhi, 73 Cows by Alex Lockwood for Short of the Week
“Extremely moving at points and avoids being preachy, something that other documentaries on similar issues typically fail to do. It gives a unique take on the subject that is refreshing to hear.” – David Gregg, Letterboxxd review
“A beautiful, thought-provoking and moving film telling the story of a farmer’s struggle with his conscience.” – Shelia Mary, IMBD review