Short film 73 Cows features cattle former farmer - and now vegan - Jay Wilde, who discussed how 'soul destroying' his profession was, but how difficult it was to break out of his family farming tradition. His - and wife Katja's - story made headlines when he initially revealed that he'd given away the animals and turned to vegetable farming, supported by The Vegan Society.
This inspired filmmaker Alex Lockwood to approach the couple, and ask to make the film about their story - which Lockwood financed himself, making on a shoestring budget.
"I'm over the moon to have been nominated for a BAFTA," Director Alex Lockwood told Plant Based News. "I'm really proud of the team and I think we're all just a little bit shocked at the moment. It hasn't quite sunk it.
"When we set out with no budget and a such a small team, we never anticipated that the film would get the response that it is.
"We've all been making films for a long time and so it's great to finally produce something which is having an impact. We owe a huge thanks to Jay and Katja Wilde for letting us tell their story which has resonated with so many people."
Lockwood told PBN that making the film has had a huge impact on his outlook, changing his habits. "When I set out to make 73 Cows I had been vegetarian for a while but during production, I slowly phased out all animal products from my diet," he said.
"I've been fully vegan for about five months now and I feel great for it. One of the big factors contributing to me going vegan was watching documentaries. Documentaries can be so powerful and have the ability to change the world, which is one of the reasons I want to keep making them."
73 Cows previously scooped top honors at the first Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival (OIVFF), with the jury describing it as 'a beautiful and moving film that traces Jay's journey through the changes he never expected'.
73 Cows is available to watch on Vimeo here
The BAFTAS will be announced in a ceremony on February 10.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself.Reuse this content
Maria is the Editor of Plant Based News. A former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers. She was previously the editor of Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaChiorando and Instagram @mariachiorando.
Since you're here...
Plant Based News is a FREE service that receives millions of views each week. This takes a lot of our personal time, money and hard work. But we do it because we KNOW it makes a difference. If those following our reporting helped by contributing, we could do even more. Please consider supporting us so we can create further awareness about animal rights, environmentalism, ethical consumerism and the plant-based lifestyle. Not a false narrative - but information that empowers people to make better choices.