A Life On The Farm

A strange story from Somerset about a filmmaking farmer and the inspiring legacy of his long-lost home movies.

Genre: Documentary

Countries of Production: UK/USA

Year: 2022

Length: 75 minutes

Language: English

"A truly fascinating, one-of-a-kind and heart-warming documentary"

- Nerdly UK


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 than his bizarre 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 as a whole new generation of fans 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 vision of rural life in danger of being lost to history.

"... a must see documentary that is at times disturbing, but ultimately heart-warming."

- FilmInk

Watch the trailer

"Wonderful... full of surprises"

- POV Magazine

Upcoming Screenings

NH Docs (New Haven, CT)

14 October 2022 @9.30PM

Dracula International Film Festival (Brașov, Romania)

15 October 2022 @12.00PM

Loft Film Fest (Tucson, AZ)

16 October 2022 @1.00PM

Loft Film Fest (Tucson, AZ)

17 October 2022 @3.00PM

Cambridge Film Festival (Cambridge, UK)

21 October 2022 @11.10AM

NH Docs (New Haven, CT)

22 October 2022 @6.30PM

Cambridge Film Festival (Cambridge, UK)

24 October 2022 @16.25

South Africa Horrorfest (SA online)

26 October - 6 November online

Cambridge Film Festival (Cambridge, UK)

27 October 2022 @16.45

Richard Harris Film Festival (Limerick, IE)

28 October 2022 @15.00

FilmQuest (Provo, UT)

28 October 2022 @2.00PM

Splat! Film Fest (Warsaw, PL)

28 October 2022 @17.00

Terror-Fi (Wellington, NZ)

28 October 2022 @6.25PM

Dark Hedges Film Festival (Belfast, UK)

29 October 2022 @12.00PM

Terror-Fi (Auckland, NZ)

4 November 2022 @6.25PM

Weyauwega International Film Festival (Weyauwega, WI)

12 November 2022 @7.30PM

"Quirky perfection"

- Documentary Drive

Director: Oscar Harding

Producers: Dominik Platen, Edward Lomas, Oscar Harding

Executive Producers: Joe Pickett, Nick Prueher

Consulting Producers: Anderson J Duff, Mike Clapham

Editor: Hannah Christensen

Director of Photography: Edward Lomas

Assistant Director: Dominik Platen

Composer: Sam Paul Toms