Viva!'s animal rights documentary HOGWOOD: a modern horror story has won the Wild Animal award at this year’s prestigious British Documentary Film Festival
Vegan charity Viva! has won a prestigious award for its hard-hitting exposé, HOGWOOD: a modern horror story, that sheds a light on what goes on behind closed doors in the UK’s factory farms.
The 35-minute documentary follows a group of undercover investigators as they enter the UK’s biggest factory farms and is narrated by vegan actor and star of Game of Thrones, Jerome Flynn.
According to the filmmakers, 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.’
British Documentary Film
The documentary was selected as a finalist for two award categories, ‘Best British Short’ and the ‘Wild Animal Award’, at this year’s British Documentary Film Festival.
The festival, which celebrates exceptional documentary film-
At this year’s awards, HOGWOOD was named the winner of the Wild Animal Award, a category which ‘celebrates documentaries that capture animals and wildlife in a creative and engaging way.’
‘Horrors hidden from sight’
In a statement sent to Vegan Food & Living, Tony Wardle, Director of HOGWOOD and Associate Director of Viva! said: “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. 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.”
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 shopping habits because of it.”