UK distributor November Films has revealed further details of its release plans for The Moo Man, Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier’s feature doc about Sussex dairy farmer Steve Hook.
The film, which premiered in Sundance in January, is out in British cinemas on Friday.
November is handling the The Moo Man in partnership with producers Trufflepig Films. As has been widely reported, the produced raised funds for the film’s release through a Kickstarter campaign.
James Collie of November Films (which has been distributing in the UK since 2011) has now booked the doc into over 45 cinemas. The Moo Man will open initially in three cinemas and will then gradually expand across the country.
A red carpet gala premiere was held at the Hailsham Pavilion in Sussex earlier this week with one of the bovine stars of the movie in attendance [pictured].
At screenings throughout the country, cinemagoers will have the opportunity to buy fresh dairy milk from the cattle featured in the film.
November, which operates out of Ealing Studios, has plans to release further docs in partnership with their producers as well as to acquire more films of its own. The company is currently trying to put together “a completion fund” for documentary makers. The idea is that November would come on board projects at the post-production stage and invest in colour grading sound and other aspects of post-production.
The company’s first theatrical title was Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo. Earlier this year, November released The Punk Syndrome, which it picked up from Austria-based Autlook Films, in selected British cinemas.
Further down the line, November Films will also be releasing Robert Stone’s controversial nuclear-themed doc Pandora’s Promise. As in the case of The Moo Man, this will be a service deal with the company booking the film on behalf of the producers.
Also, with Sheffield Doc/Fest, November Films will release a DVD box set of selected Sheffield titles (including Pandora’s Promise) and is also planning a “classics doc label” through which vintage older titles will be released.
The Punk Syndrome toured Picturehouse cinemas earlier this year. It will be released on DVD in August under the label Sheffield Doc/Fest Collection.
November Films aims to release about five films a year.