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Film About Dairy Farmer Who Quit and Went Vegan Wins BAFTA Award

73 Cows
Image: 73 Cows

Pro-vegan short film “73 Cows” created and directed by filmmaker Alex Lockwood won a prestigious 72nd British Academy Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for Best British Short Film.

The 15-minute film features the vegan journey of Jay Wilde, a dairy farmer from Derbyshire, UK who gave all his cows to an animal sanctuary then became vegan when he couldn’t live with the guilt of exploiting his cows and sending them to slaughter anymore.

Although he was not able to join Lockwood in the BAFTA ceremony, Wilde commended the director, saying that he has done “a wonderful job” on the film.

He added that even though he felt like he was not “BAFTA material” and it felt unreal, he was still “fairly confident” that the short film would win despite the other nominees also being good.

“It’s very surreal because I’ve led an isolated life on this farm,” he said. “Alex [Lockwood] filmed this isolation and the desperation I was feeling and to some extent still do. It’s true to life, unfortunately.”

“I almost forgot it was me [on the screen] because Alex told the story so well. It’s a brilliant piece of work. He reflected reality.”

Jay Wilde
Image: The Vegan Society

Lockwood, who also decided to go vegan, told Plant Based News that he was “over the moon” and is really proud of his team.

“I’m really proud of the team and I think we’re all just a little bit shocked at the moment – it hasn’t quite sunk it,” he said.

“When we set out with no budget and a such a small team, we never anticipated that the film would get the response that it is.”

“We’ve all been making films for a long time and so it’s great to finally produce something which is having an impact. We owe a huge thanks to Jay and Katja Wilde for letting us tell their story which has resonated with so many people.”

73 Cows also won Best Overall Film and Best Lifestyle Film during the 2018 Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival and was nominated for Best Local Film at the 2018 Birmingham Film Festival.

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Roxanne Libatique

Written by Roxanne Libatique

Roxanne is a vegan journalist and advocate for animal rights and mental health. She tries to live consciously and spends her free time traveling, enjoying vegan food, volunteering, and speaking up for all animals. Connect with her at @roxlibatique on Twitter and Instagram.

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