WWOOF has turned 50 and as we arrived at this momentous landmark in our history we asked young filmmakers with WWOOF connections if they would make us a short film to help us celebrate.
We’d also asked Louis Johnson to make a film from the perspective of the volunteer WWOOFer and so we asked Kris and Rhea if they could turn their creativity towards the host experience.
We’d already seen a shining example of their work in their short film Barjarg which has WWOOF hosts from London as the subject and the story of their journey from city life to a house with a walled garden in a remote Scottish location. We loved that film and we are loving the latest film about Drovers Rest.
Drovers Rest – Perspective of a WWOOF host is an insight into the life of a WWOOF host on a smallholding in rural Herefordshire.
We spotted Louis’ talent when he was awarded the YOOF International Video Award back in 2019 and loved his documentary filmmaking skills. Never hear of project YOOF? It was all about youth, multimedia and food; a collaboration between WWOOF ESPAÑA and SustEd; funded by Erasmus + (European Commission)
Louis found a WWOOF UK near where he grew up and presented us with a delicate and tranquil introduction to the life of WWOOFer Lina and the farm in Norfolk where she WWOOFs.
A film for WWOOF UK is a relaxing and heartwarming encounter with a WWOOFer in rural Norfolk.
We are so grateful to Rhea, Kris and Louis and we hope you enjoy watching these films and that you’ll show them to people who may not have ever heard about WWOOF (or to people who just need some gentle persuasion).
Here are the links to watch the films on the WWOOF UK YouTube channel: