The film aiming to break the silence on gay people in farming

A still from the film 'Landline' showing a young farmer doing maintenance on his Land Rover
Farmers Weekly, Farmers Weekly, 25 June 2018
Oliver Hill

A short film inspired by the gay son of a farmer is seeking to open up conversations about farmers who may be struggling in silence with their sexuality.

Two years ago Rupert Williams, who’s father is a Lancashire dairy farmer, began working with award-winning filmmaker Matt Houghton, having researched homosexuality in rural areas some years earlier.

Part of his own investigation led him to contact Cheshire-based farmer-turned-chaplain Keith Ineson, who set up the only helpline dedicated to gay farmers in 2010.