The Hunt is the first feature length documentary to explore from the inside the increasingly sensitive, complex and fascinating world of English foxhunting set against the background of public outcry for the banning of this sport.
The Hunt follows the Ludlow Hunt in mid-England during a full season. Never before has a film team been given this complete access. The resulting documentary both shocks and is at times also very moving. It shows events badly captured on tape by the Animal Rights Activists and contested by the pro-Hunting lobby, like the shooting of redundant hounds, the digging out and killing of foxes.
Supported by a resonant score this observational documentary will baffle you by its honesty, its superb photography, its full stereo soundtrack and its controversial images, more and more the issue of a political battle.
Director: NIEK KOPPEN
Producer: KEES RYNINKS
Credits: Photography Chris Cox / Sound Alastair Widgery / Editor Erik Disselhoff / Composer Stephen Daltry / Research/Associate Producer Garry Marvin
A Ryninks Films production in co-production with NPS Television.
Made with the participation of The Dutch Film Fund, The Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund, The CoBO Fund and DOCUMENTARY, an initiative of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.
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Sold to: BBC, NHK, Arte / LaSept, STV, NRK Denmark, Finland, Poland, Canada, Belgium, Spain, Sundance Channel.
Versions: English with Dutch subtitles, colour, 60 or 90 minutes.
Copyright: Ryninks Holding BV/NPS 1997
Prix Italia 1999
Newport International Film Festival 1999
Special Mention San Francisco Film Festival 1998
VPRO/Joris Ivens Award, IDFA ’97
BAFTA Award 1998
Dutch Film Award, Utrecht 1998