The Biggest Little Farm
(2018) 91 mins
Director: John Chester
Writer: John Chester, Mark Monroe
Director of Photography: John Chester
Music: Jeff Beal
The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.
Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet. From the official website
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Showings of this film are part of our Cinematheque season which is supported by the British Film Institute.
“Though it opens with a raging California wildfire (and later frets about the worst drought the state has seen in 1,200 years), Farm never mentions global warming or pollution. Instead, it’s unflappably solutions-oriented — like the Chesters themselves — focusing on what a small group of dedicated people can do to improve their immediate environment. The answer: more than anyone could have thought. And compared with the sky-is-falling tone of most eco-docs, that upbeat, motivational approach makes the biggest little difference.” Variety
“Offsetting all the calamities are some fascinating lessons in problem solving, in turning negatives into positives; there’s a reason the film is being used as an educational tool for students. If the film’s conclusion reads a touch too much like a sales pitch, I didn’t mind; the Chesters’ thoughtful approach to living in harmony with nature is one we should all buy into.” Austin Chronicle