Belgian Blues

Richard has just turned 70 years of age, but he has no plans to retire, just yet. Like his father before him, Richard is a tenant farmer in rural England. He works alone, tending a small herd of dairy cattle. Even though the relentless physical demands of the work are now taking their toll, Richard finds it hard to imagine what a future life would be like without his cows. This is an observational documentary, filmed during the summer of 2016 and against the backdrop of the EU referendum. It provides an intimate glimpse into Richard’s life, his livelihood…and his politics.

  • Kevin Waldie
    Filmed, Directed and Edited
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    24 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 5, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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    United Kingdom
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Director Biography

I am now nearly 60 years old. Looking back, I realise how fortunate I was to go to university and study social anthropology. It was a move that opened the world to me.

Every new chapter in my life, including my recent move into filmmaking, has been unexpected but rewarding. There is, however, a common thread in my story: namely, a passionate interest in “others”.

Looking to the future, I feel that filmmaking will provide me with a powerful way to continue exploring the world and to reflect upon the human condition. By so doing, I hope to experience the deeper truths that bind us together.

Belgian Blues is my first short documentary.

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