Director wins award for movie of farmer friend

PUBLISHED: 20:53 23 July 2014

Gary Marshall.

Gary Marshall.

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A BANWELL film director has been awarded a prize in an international competition.

Howard Tratt in the film The Land, I Farm.Howard Tratt in the film The Land, I Farm.

Gary Marshall was awarded third prize for his movie The Land, I Farm, which explores the life of a young farmer from Somerset.

The film features Howard Tratt from Hewish who runs his family’s farm with his father, brother and the sheepdog.

During the movie Howard, aged 24, discusses the social, cultural and practical issues associated with a career in agriculture.

Gary and Howard met at Sidcot School and the short film was one of the winners in the Open City Docs Fest, an international documentary film festival in London run out of University College London, and the movie was played to the audiences at the festival.

The actual competition, called MyStreet, is for documentary short films, run annually, and is a living archive of the experiences and people of a place that means something to the directors.

Gary, also aged 24, recently graduated from the University of Edinburgh and as well as The Land, I Farm, also has another short film screening at festivals called Greenfingers.

To watch the film visit www.vimeo.com/garymarshall

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