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A documentary narrated by vegan Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn has scooped a prestigious award.
HOGWOOD: a modern horror story, which was created by animal protection organization Viva!, has won an award for outstanding film-making at the British Documentary Film Festival.
The film follows undercover investigators as they enter the UK’s biggest factory farms. According to Viva!, ‘the conspiracy unfolds as they fight against some of the most powerful players in the animal agriculture industry, delicately weaving a chilling tale of negligence and greed’.
‘No film more harrowing’
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to win this award. I have been producing investigative documentaries for many years and no film has been more harrowing than HOGWOOD,” Tony Wardle, director of HOGWOOD and associate director of Viva! said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.
“There are modern horror stories taking place each day in the British countryside. Not only are these horrors hidden from sight, but they are endorsed by huge corporations and the Government.
“That is why this film had to be made – because the public has a right to see what takes place beyond the factory farm walls. A big thank you to the judges at the British Documentary Film Festival for recognising our film.”
British Documentary Film Festival
The British Documentary Film Festival celebrates exceptional documentary film-making, screening top indie documentaries at a prestigious premiere in London each year.
HOGWOOD was selected as a finalist for two award categories – the ‘Best British Short’ and the ‘Wild Animal Award’ – and was named the winner of the Wild Animal Award.
Speaking about the film, the British Documentary Film Festival judges said: “Your documentary handled an incredibly disturbing topic very well and it’s certainly changed a few of our staff’s food habits because of it.”
Flynn himself has described being involved with the film as ‘an honor’, saying he ‘had to do something’ after seeing the ‘horrendous conditions and animal abuse that is happening behind Hogwood’s walls, I had to do something’.