A Life on the Farm 12A

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This film was last shown on 28 September 2023

When filmmaker Oscar Harding's grandfather passed away in the rural English county of Somerset, his family inherited an extraordinary video tape - a feature-length home movie from neighbour Charles Carson, which can best be described as "Monty Python meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre".

But there's so much more to the man behind the videos - Charles was an inventor, an outsider artist, and a pioneer of death positivity, to name just a few of the filmmaking farmer’s achievements. Charles’ life and work are examined by those who knew him best, as well by a whole new generation of fans from across the world who have been inspired by the legacy he left behind.

A Life on the Farm is an exploration and celebration of Charles Carson and his movies, rescued from obscurity, which present a moving and laugh-out-loud document of a time and place in danger of being lost to history.

Featuring interviews with the hosts of Found Footage Festival and Karen Kilgariff of My Favourite Murder podcast.

Content warning: this film contains images of death that some viewers may find distressing.


Oscar Harding
1 hour 15 minutes


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