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  • tags: Documentary
  • People: Matt Houghton, Rupert Armistead, Alistair Payne-James

Landline Video

Film Information

  • Year of commission: 2017


  • Director: Matt Houghton
  • Producer: Rupert Armistead, Alistair Payne-James

Landline is a short documentary about the only helpline in the UK for gay farmers. Through a series of recorded telephone conversations and reconstructive visuals, the film uses the helpline as a lens through which to view the experiences of LGBTQ people in the British farming community.

In a world that prizes traditional masculinity and in which ideas of ancestry are fundamental, being gay can be isolating. Suicide rates are extremely high in both young farmers and gay men in particular, and combining these can be a recipe for tragedy. But there are also thriving gay scenes in the most rural of towns, stories of unexpected friendships and relationships, and moments so unlikely that they could only happen in real life. Candid, intimate and shocking, Landline is a snapshot of a group of people bound together by circumstance but so often isolated from each other.

This eclectic mix of personal experiences makes for a revealing, insightful and emotive watch.

Short of the Week

Release Information

Winner: Best Documentary Short Grierson Awards 2018
Winner: HBO Documentary Short Film Award Provincetown
Runner-up: Best British Short London Short Film Festival
Nominated: Best UK Short Open City Documentary Festival
Nominated: Best Short Film Berlin British Shorts
Official Selection: CPH:DOX screening with God's Own Country as part of XX-curated programme I See You
Official Selection: FiveFilms4Freedom seen over 460,000 times in 12 days
Official Selection: Sheffield Doc/Fest
Official Selection: BFI Flare
Official Selection: Aspen ShortsFest
Official Selection: Aesthetica Short Film Festival
Official Selection: DOC NYC
Official Selection: London Short Film Festival
Official Selection: Leeds International Film Festival
Official Selection: Seattle Film Festival
Official Selection: THIS IS ENGLAND Film Festival
Official Selection: Ji.Hlava International Film Festival
Official Selection: Provincetown Film Festival
Official Selection: Outfest LA
Official Selection: Shanghai Pride

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