About And Then Come The Nightjars (15)

Adapted for the screen from Bea Roberts' own multi-award-winning stage play (first staged in 2015), the movie is, like the stage version, a two-hander. Though we see a good many other actors on screen, notably in the wedding reception sequence midway through the film, none of them has any audible dialogue. The only two we hear from are David Fielder as dairy farmer Michael and Nigel Andrews as local vet Jeffrey, both playing the same roles they took on stage. They were directed in the theatre production by Paul Robinson, here making his debut as a film director.

The film tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a Devon farmer and the vet who is assigned to cull his precious herd during the Foot and Mouth crisis that swept the cattle farming community in 2001.

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