90 year old Sussex farmer to star in Brighton Film Festival

29th October 2020

A short film about a nonagenarian Sussex farmer and his ‘museum of old stuff’ has been selected for this year’s Brighton Film Festival.

The film was created by 26 year old regional filmmaker, Richard Gravett, from Glynde, who is a conservation volunteer for CPRE Sussex.

The film documents the shifting Sussex landscape through the eyes of 90 year old farmer, Richard Brickell, who has worked the land through decades of change. It features some rare footage of the East Sussex countryside in the early post war years.

The backdrop to the film is the farmer’s own ‘museum of old stuff,’ which a private shed stuffed with obsolete farming equipment.

Filmmaker Richard Gravett says he is delighted to have his film selected particularly because it voices an important message about the Sussex countryside:

“Richard came into farming at the end of the war and saw agriculture swiftly change from smaller more community focused farms to the larger more intensive kind we know today,” he explains.

“He has lots of wisdom to share about care for the countryside. Most importantly that the countryside is there to be enjoyed but that stops being possible when we don’t work with the land in an environmentally conscious way and create opportunities for rural communities to come together and thrive.”

The film has been selected for the CINECITY 18th Brighton Film Festival which is being run online from 6-22 November. It will be available from the 6 November here: https://www.amplifyfilm.org.uk/

Find out more about Richard Gravett’s films and how to contact him at richardgravett.com